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Reading Finals study guide packet 1 - 6th grade - 2015

Plot the series of events in a story
Genre a type or category of literature that a particular book fits into, such as poetry, nonfiction, fantasy, etc
Chronological Order the arrangement of events by their order of occurrence. this type of organization is used in fictional narratives and in historical writing, biography, and autobiography
Protagonist the main character or hero in a story
Theme the moral or lesson that an author hopes to get across in his or her writing
Conflict the major problem in a work of literature
Myth a traditional story about the origins or workings of the world. Some myths explain how things came to be, while others explain elements of nature or social customs
Motive/Motivation the reason why a character acts, feels, or thinks in a certain way. A character may have more than one motivation for his or her actions. Understanding these motivations helps readers get to know the character.
Point of View the perspective from which a story is told (first-person, third-person, etc)
Characterization the way an author reveals the traits and personalities of his/her characters
Free Verse poetry without patterns of rhyme or rhythm. The writer uses his own unique style and it may read like a conversation
Onomatopoeia words used to imitate sounds, such as "crack", "slurp", "bang", or "hiss"
Simile a comparison or two things that share something in common that uses "like", or "as" (That night the moon was as round as my Sunday hat.)
Metaphor a comparison of two things that share something in common. It does not use like or as; instead just states one thing is another (The ribbon of road stretched across the arid landscape.)
Personification the giving of human qualities to characteristics to an animal, object, or idea
Alliteration a repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of a series of words. (We listened to the birds, singing their sweet song ever so softly.)
Repetition the use of repeating word or phrase for emphasis
Rhyme the repitition of similar sounds at the ends of words
Dynamic Character one who undergoes important changes as a story unfolds. These changes usually result from the characters' experience's in the story
Flashback a conversation, episode, or event that happened before the beginning of a story. A flashback often interrupts a story's flow to give the reader further information
Fantasy literature that includes at least one unreal element. It may be an imaginary world, or a realistic place with impossible or unusual characters and events.
Science Fiction fiction in which a writer explores unexpected possibilities of the past or the future, combining scientific information with his or her creative imagination
Suspense a feeling of growing tension and excitement that makes a reader curious about the outcome of a story
Foreshadowing hints about events that will happen later on in a story
Hyperbole an exaggeration used for humor or to make a point
Bystander by James Preller
Eric Hayes(Bystander) main character- dad isn't there anymore- moved from Ohio to Long Island
Griffin Connelly(Bystander) manipulative- tricks people to believe he's a good person- has other people do his dirty work
Mary O' Malley(Bystander) secondary character- befriended Eric- used to be part or the "bad group of kids"
Cody(Bystander) nickname is "Weasel"- muscle for Griffin- tough- intimidating- did the bad stuff for Griffin
David Hallenback(Bystander) the source for all or the bullying- the "butt of all the jokes"
Many of the characters in the book act as "bystanders" throughout the novel as others are bullied and disrespected. Please pick one character and explain how he/she acts as a bystander during the book. Mary watched Eric get bullied in the animal graveyard and she also knew that it was going to happen in advance and she didn't say anything.
Created by: Koutsantanou



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