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Literature terms

narrative text Reading for the story; has story elements of setting, characters, goal(s), attempts, outcomes, and ending
technical text Reading to reach an end; may include steps; gives information to the reader that may be used to perform a task like creating origami or following a recipe.
expository text Reading for information; can be proved as true. Common structures include description, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, or sequence.
persuasive text Reading to consider an action; the author wants to convince the reader to agree to a particular opinion or to perform a certain action (like donating money, recycling, vote for a candidate)
exposition The author introduces characters, creates the setting, and introduces the conflict.
resolution The story’s central conflict is resolved; bringing the story to an end.
First person point of view The author is telling the story through the eyes of one of the characters. (Uses "I")
hyperbole An intentionally exaggerated figure of speech. (I have told you a million times!)
simile A comparison of two unlike objects or concepts, generally using words such as “like” or “as”. (ex. She was as light as a feather.)
metaphor A figure of speech in which a comparison is made (ex. Big John is an ox.)
idiom An expression that does not mean what it literally says. (let the cat out of the bag)
antonym A word opposite in meaning to another word (hot-cold)
synonym One of two or more words in a language that have highly similar meanings (happy, glad)
onomatopoeia A word or words that imitate the sound it is describing. (ex. meow or buzz)
connotation The meaning of a word or expression in addition to its primary meaning: A possible connotation of “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”
foreshadow The author provides hints or clues that tip the reader off as to what is to come later in the text.
climax The turning point in the story, the most intense moment. The conflict begins to resolve itself for better or worse.
Created by: krndavies