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Literary Terms

Language Arts class/Block 2

TermDefinition
Plot the sequence of events that make up a story
Exposition the beginning/introduce background information about events/introduces the setting and the characters
Conflict the main problem in a story. the conflict is usually introduced in the exposition during an inciting incident
Rising Action the series of events in a story leading up to the climax. includes complications as the main characters tries to solve the conflict
Complications problems that arise in the Rising Action while the main character is trying to solve the conflict
Climax the highest point of action in the plot that indicates a turning point in the story. It is the scene in which we find out how the conflict will be saved
Falling Action all the events that occur after the climax. We learn characters reaction to the climax
Resolution the conclusion of a story/loose ends are tied up. Sometimes a theme/lesson is revealed.
Theme of literally text is the message about life and how people behave/ main idea or moral of written work. The theme of a fable is a moral
Protagonist the main character in a story that is typically viewed as the heroic character/good guy
Antagonist the person or force who works against the protagonist/the bad guy
Inference when you use clues from the text to figure out something the author doesn't know
Imagery sensory details that appeal to the five senses
Dialogue the conversation between characters
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