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Author's Craft

ELA Test Practice Packet

TermDefinition
Characterization The development of a character within a story - when the author is clearly developing a character by describing at length the character's thoughts, dialogue, or interactions with other characters.
Theme The lesson or message or moral of the story; what message or lesson is the author trying to communicate to his or her readers.
Point of View The perspective from which the story is being told. This is an example of author's craft when the 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 background information 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 establish the mood based upon the actions and feelings of the characters in the story.
Simile Comparisons 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 object or action that means something more than it's literal meaning. For example- a rainy day often means a bad day or hard times.
Alliteration An author uses the same letter or sound to begin each word in a string of words. For example, Abbie's alligator ate apples and asparagus.
Onomatopeia When a word sounds like what it means. Examples- crash, buzz, thump, bang.
Allusion A figure of speech that makes 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've told you that a million times.
Personification This occurs when an author gives animals, objects, ideas or actions, the qualities of humans. For example, the calm sea kissed the southern shore,
Imagery The use of description 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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