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TermDefinition
positive connotation Positive connotations are associations that are good or affirmative and make one think and feel good things when reading those words.
negative connotation Negative connotation is when the word implies something negative or is informal.
neutral connotation Thin has a neutral connotation while skinny has a negative one. Connotations that are not positive or negative.
position When an author writes to persuade (or sometimes even to entertain or inform) he/she will have his/her own position on the subject. The author's position is an author's opinion about the subject.
tone The definition of “tone” is the way the author expresses his attitude through his writing. Tone is expressed by your use of syntax, your point of view, your diction, and the level of formality in your writing.
stance Stance can be defined as the attitude that the writer has towards the topic of his or her message. The stance that you take will greatly determine the tone of your message and the words that you choose.
author's purpose PIE-Persuade, Inform and Entertain their audiences
bias Judgments or preference for one side of an issue over another. As you evaluate a source, consider whether the author's bias affects his or her presentation of information and opinions.
objective Not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: an objective opinion. Intent upon or dealing with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings, as a person or a book.
opposition Adhering to a conflicting view that is opposite or in contrast to another.
Created by: marc.leake