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literacy terms

Literacy Terms #28-51/ Verdin ELA/ 51 F

TermDefinition
Jargon the special language of a particular activity or profession.
Metaphor A comparison of two unlike things that does not use the words “like” or “as”. Ex After lunch, John is a sleepy bear.
Mood the overall feeling or emotion created. Mood can convey a feeling of love, doom, fear, pride, chaos, peace, etc
moral The lesson learned from a story.
Motif an object, idea, or patterns that occurs throughout a work of literature
Motive The reason a character does something.
Onomatopoeia words whose sounds express their meanings.
Oxymoron The combination of two contradicting (opposite) terms. Jumbo shrimp, bad luck, tough love, small crowd
Personification giving human qualities to something that is not human. Ex:The stars smiled sadly over the moonlit night.
Plot The structure of the story. Sequence of events with a problem and a solution. Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution
Point of View the perspective from which the story is told Ex: First Person- Narrator is one of the characters. Third Person- narrator knows everything and can offer Objective the “he”, “she”, “it” voice narration.
Protagonist The hero or the central character of a literary work.
Antagonist the protagonist is hindered by some opposite force that is either human, animals,or nature
Resolution The part where the conflict is over and the loose ends are all tied up.
Rising Action The part of the plot in which the conflict is revealed and the plot begins developing.
Simile Comparison between two things using “like” or “as”
Slang informal speech composed of invented or changed words
Speaker the narrative voice of the poem.
Stanza group of lines in a poem.
Symbolism An object, person, or place is given a meaning that is different from its original meaning.
Synonym A word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word.
Theme A big idea that is expressed through a work of art. A landscape painting might express beauty.
Tone The author’s feeling toward a subject. The tone may shift as the author’s feelings changes throughout a work.
Trait These are the qualities that form a character’s personality and can be described with adjectives such as loyal, friendly, funny or aggressive.
Voice Unique style of expression that an author develops. Authors develop a recognizable voice to convey their ideas. Readers resoind to certain voices better than others.
Created by: geom1491