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Nonfiction Terms

Diction Author's choice of words
Syntax Sentence length, and arrangement the sentence is written.
Subjective Arising out of, processing your own ideas on a subject.
Purpose Author's reason for writing.
Description Creates an impression about a person, object,or an experience.
Compare & Contrast Showing similarities and differences between two or more items
Expository Provides information, discusses ideas, or explains a process.
Cause & Effect Explaining the relationship between events, actions, or situation by showing the resulting income.
Argument A short statement of subject matter, or a brief synopsis of a plot.
Biography Form of nonfiction in writer tells the life story of another person.
Fiction Prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events.
Main Idea What the selection is about. Stated or implied.
Main Topic Is more stated.
Over-generalizations People make claims; words used to make people persuasive.
Analogy Comparison between two or more things that are similar in someway but unfamiliar in other.
Persuasion Convince readers to think or act a certain way.
Repetition Expressing different ideas using the same words or images in order reinforce concepts and unify the speech.
Restatement Expressing the same idea in different words to clarify and stress key points.
Rhetorical Devices Special patterns of words and ideas that create emphasis and stir emotions.
Emotional Appeal Statements intended to affect listeners feelings about a subject.
Puns A play on words involving a word with two or more different meanings or two words that sound alike with different meanings.
Fact Something that can be proven by documentation, opposite of opinion.
Emotionally Charged Used as an emotional appeal, using people's emotions.
Created by: karlaalvarez



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