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6thGr-Literary Terms

6th Grade Reading - Literary Terms (Mystery)

TermDefinition
Plot The events a story comprises particularly as they relate to one another in a pattern, sequence, through cause and effect, or by coincidence.
cozies Mystery novels typically in English country houses, villages or other benign environments. The detectives and cozies typically use brains and not brawn to get to the bottom of a crime. Features murder and subsequent investigations.
Alibi a plea offered by an accused person of not having been at the scene of the crime
antagonist a force working against the protagonist in a story
contrast to identify the difference of 2 or more objects
inference a logical guess based on facts from one's own knowledge and experience
theme a message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader
mood the feeling atmosphere that a writer cr
effect a change that results when something is done or happens
point of view a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated.
spy thriller an exciting, suspenseful story featuring one government against another
opportunity a good chance to do something
conflict a struggle between opposing forces and drives the action of a story. man vs nature man vs man man vs self man vs society
compare to identify the similarities of 2 or more subjects
drawing conclusions a statement of belief based on evidence, experience, and reasoning
parts of the plot the series of events in a story
fact a statement that can be proved or verified.
context clues words or phrases surrounding the word that provided hints about the words meaning
witness a person who has personal knowledge about the crime
suspect people who appear to have a motive to have committed the crime
protagonist the main character in a story
flashback an interruption of the action to present events that took place at an earlier time.
setting the time and place a story takes place
symbol a person, place, object or activity that stands for something beyond itself
clue something that appears to give information toward the solving crime.
tone expresses the writer's attitude towards his subject
author's purpose usually one or more of the following; inform, explain, persuade, entertain, or express thoughts
inverted story the culprit's identity is known: not a "whodoneit" buy why and how?
foreshadowing when a writer provides a hint that suggests future events in a story
dynamic character one who undergoes important changes as the plot unfolds
backgrounder an interesting topic or setting as well as ingenious crime.
opinion what someone thinks about a particular thing
police procedural a mystery that involves realistic police work
motive a reason for doing something
figurative language descriptive language that is not literal
sequencing putting the scenes in order from the beginning to the end
red herring a fake lead that throws the investigator off the track
sleuth an investigator or detective
static characters one who remains the same throughout the story
verbal imagery words in an image
evidence someone or something that proves who committed the crime
cause a reason for an action or condition; something that brings about an effect or result