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Literary Terms

fiction writing that tells about imaginary people and events (The Hunger Games, Holes, Hatchet)
non -fiction writing that tells about real people and events (biographies, autobiographies)
plot the events that make up a story
exposition introduces the characters and sets up the main conflict
rising action a series of conflicts and crisis that lead to the climax
climax the turning point of the story; the most shocking part; the big reveal that sets the story up to end soon
falling action the events that wrap up the story leading to the ending
resolution how the conflict or problem is solved
setting ~ the time and place of the story (on a farm, in the 1950’s or in a castle during medieval times)
characters person, animal, or thing who plays a role in the story (Cinderella, Stepmother, Skreech)
character traits words to used to describe a character’s personality (brave, loyal, dishonest)
static character a character who stays the same during the story (Cinderella stepmother)
dynamic character a character who changes during the story (Cinderella,)
protagonist the main or central character in the story (Cinderella)
antagonit character who has a conflict with the main character
characterization the techniques an author uses to create and develop a character. These techniques include: the character’s words and actions the character’s thoughts the character’s appearance what others think of that character
conflict the main problem in the story
internal conflict the character has a problem within himself, person vs. self
external conflict the character has a problem with another person or thing, person vs. person, person vs. nature, person vs. society
theme the message, lesson or moral of the story (don’t give up on your dreams, treat others the way you wish to be treated)
flashback an interruption in the story to recall an event that took place earlier
symbolism An object that represents an idea. (heart symbolizes love, American flag symbolizes freedom)
foreshadow hints in the story of an event that may take place in the future of the story
imagery descriptions from the text that form in your mind as you read
mood the atmosphere or feeling created by the writer and expressed through setting.
tone the writer’s attitude toward his or her subject
point of view The point of view is the perspective from which the events in the story are told. The author may choose to use any of the following: third person First person Second person
dialogue lines spoken by the characters
narrator person telling the story
Created by: Katy Wegener
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