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Author's Craft Terms

16 Terms

Characterization The development of a character within a story- when the author is clearly developing a character by describing at length the characters thoughts, dialogue or interaction with other characters.
Theme The lesson or message or moral of the story; what message is the author trying to communicate with her readers. Wonder, "Always choose kind"
POV, Point of View The perspective from which the story is being told. This is an example of Authors Craft when a Author uses an unique point of view to tell the story OR changes the point of view in the story.
Flashback A jump back in time during the story, often done to provide the reader with important info about a character or past event
Foreshadowing A warning or indication of a future event in the story.
Repetition Repeating of words or phrases throughout the text. The repetition needs to happen many times to emphasize an important message.
Tone or mood The tone and feeling that the writer creates for the reader, funny, serious, dramatic, suspenseful. Authors will often build the mood upon the actions and feelings of the characters in the story,
Smile A comparison between two unlike things using the words" like" or "as". For example "She is as sly as a fox."
Metaphor A comparison between two unlike things. For example, "He is a tiger."
Symbolism An action or an object that means more than its literal meaning. For example -a rainy day often means a bad day or hard times.
Alliteration A author uses the same letter or sound to begin each word in a string of words. For example - Abigail's alligator ate apples and asparagus.
Onomatopoeia When a word sounds like what it means. Examples crash, buzz, thump, bang.
Allusion a figure of speech that makes a reference to a well known person, event, or place. Example: I was surprised his nose wasn't growing like Pinocchio's.
Hyperbole An exaggerated comment or line. Example: I told you that a million times.
Personification This occurs when an author gives an animal, objects, ideas, the quality of humans. For example, The calm sea kissed the southern shore.
Imagery The use of descriptive language to create powerful images in the reader's mind. Often the author describes one of the five senses to help create the image.
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