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Nonfiction Terms

Nonfiction Literary Terms

TermDefinition
Nonfiction A text based on facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay
Essay A short piece of writing on one subject, usually presenting the author’s own views
Speech A formal address or discourse delivered to an audience
Audience The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting
Purpose The reason an author decides to write about a specific topic
Rhetoric The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing; the ability to convince someone to do or believe something
Ethos A type of rhetoric that uses the credibility or ethical appeal of a writer or speaker to persuade an audience
Pathos A type of rhetoric that is an appeal to the emotions and attempts to convince an audience by creating an emotional response
Logos A type of rhetoric that is an appeal to logic and is a way of persuading an audience by reason
Anecdote A short story used to engage the audience that serves to make the listeners laugh or ponder over a topic
Bias The way the audience or reader already feels about a topic or person prior to reading or listening to the person’s ideas—may be favorable or unfavorable
Propaganda Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view
Created by: allinone