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Reading Workshop 001


AUTOBIOGRAPHY This is the story that someone writes about his or her own life.
BIOGRAPHY This is the story of a person’s life that is written by another person.
CHARACTER This is an imaginary person, animal or creature that is created by the author.
CHARACTER TRAIT This is a quality or feature of a character’s personality; what a character is like. A character trait can be negative or positive.
CONFLICT This is a problem or struggle between opposite forces in literature.
Character vs. Character a conflict between characters such as family conflict, trouble with a bully or difficulties in a romance. This type of conflict is external.
Character vs. Nature a conflict between a character and a force in nature. This type of conflict occurs when a character is struggling to survive extreme weather conditions or any type of natural disaster.
Character vs. Self an internal conflict that takes place in a character's mind. For example, a character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem. Often, the character must deal with his/her mixed feelings or emotions.
COMPARE This shows similarities between two things or ideas.
CONNECTIONS This occurs when the reader can connect or relate what he has read to something else. Ex Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World
CONTRAST This shows differences between two things or ideas.
EXCERPT This is a selected passage, or a portion of text from a work of fiction or nonfiction. When you are copying an excerpt, always put the excerpt in quotation marks.
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE This is a tool that an author uses to help the reader visualize (or see) what is happening in a story or poem.
FLASHBACK This is a technique in which the author interrupts the plot of the story to recreate an incident of an earlier time; flashback is often used to provide additional information to the reader.
FORESHADOWING This technique hints, indicates, or shows what will occur later in a narrative.
GENRE This refers to categories of literature. The 2 main genres are fiction and nonfiction.
Fiction historical, mystery, realistic, sports, poetry, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, horror, adventure and romance
Nonfiction includes reference materials (such as an encyclopedia or textbook), biography, autobiography, news articles, editorials and essays
GRAPHIC ORGANIZER Readers and writers use graphic organizers to visually organize thoughts before starting to write. Examples include charts, diagrams, and timelines.
INFERENCE The reader takes what the author wrote, adds what the reader knows about the topic and makes an assumption. Most authors provide hints and clues about the story that let the reader “read between the lines.” When the reader uses these clues to learn more
IRONY This is a difference between what is expected and what actually happens. There are 3 type of irony.
Verbal irony a character says one thing but means something else (often said sarcastically).
Dramatic irony the reader recognizes or perceives something that a character in the literature does not know.
Situational irony there is a difference between the expected result and actual result.
MOOD This is the overall feeling created by a piece of writing. Mood can often be described in a few words, such as scary, lonely, empty, triumphant, anxious, but you must be able to refer to specific details in the text to defend your thinking.
POINT OF VIEW This is perspective from which a story is told.
First person point of view the narrator is one of the characters in the story. It is the “I” point of view. The advantage of this point of view is that you get to hear the thoughts of the character telling the story. Also, the reader visualizes the story events through the eyes
Third person point of view the person telling the story is not one of the characters in the story. The narrator is an outsider looking at the action.
Third-person omniscient in which the thoughts of every character are open to the reader, or third-person limited, in which the reader enters only one character's mind.
Third-person limited differs from first-person because the author's voice, not the character's voice, is what you hear in the story.
PREDICTION This is process of gathering information and combining it with the reader’s own knowledge to guess what might occur next in the story.
SETTING This is the time and place where the action of a story occurs.
SUMMARY This is a concise (short yet detailed) explanation of a reading selection in the words of the reader. A summary contains only the main ideas and does not include the reader’s interpretation or opinion of the text. Think facts only!
TEXT STRUCTURE This is the organizational pattern of the text.
Cause and Effect two events are related as cause and effect when one event brings about or causes the other. The event that happens first is the cause the one that follows is the effect.
Sequence of Events the order in which the events in the story are presented to the reader
THEME This is the underlying or fundamental message of the story that the author is trying to communicate to the reader. Theme may be thought of as the lesson or moral of the story.
VISUALIZE This is a strategy where the reader can picture in his/her mind what is happening in the text.
ADJECTIVE These are words that describe nouns such as excited, frightened, sad, joyful and obnoxious.
Created by: dusjas