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Literary Terms for 6th grade

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Term
Meaning
Onomatopoeia   words that imitate sound  
Hyperbole   exaggeration to make a point  
Flashback   a scene in a story that refers back to previous events to help make the current action clear  
Foreshadowing   clues to hint at what might happen later in the story.  
Symbol   anything that stands for or represents something else  
Suspense   a feeling of uncertainty about the outcome of events in a leterary word  
Irony   a surprising, interesting or amusing contrast; a contrast between what appears to be reality and what really is.  
Figurative Language   Writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally  
Free verse   poetry not written in a regular pattern  
Idiom   an expression that has a meaning particular to a language or region  
Imagery   words or phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses  
Persuasion   writing or speech that attempts to convince the reader or listener to adopt a particular opinion or course of action  
Theme   central message, concern, or purpose in a literary work  
Atmosphere   mood/feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage  
Tone   the writer's attitude toward his or her audience and subject  
Character   a person or animal that takes part in the action of a story  
Antagonist   the character or force in conflict with the protagonist  
Hero   character whose actions are inspiring or noble  
Characterization   the act of creating and developing a character  
Dialogue   Conversation between characters  
Genre   a type of literature  
Drama   a story written to be performed by actor  
Comedy   a litrary work which is usually humorous and has a happy ending  
Fantasy   imaginative writing that contains elements not found in real life  
Fable   a story or poem usually with animal characters that tells a moral or teaches a lesson  
Science Fiction   combines fiction and fantasy with scientific fact. usually takes place in a future that is technologically advanced  
Myth   a fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or heroes or the origins of elements of nature  
Short story   a brief work of fiction that contains a plot  
Plot   the sequence of events in a story or drama  
Conflict   a struggle between opposing forces  
External conflict   a character struggles against an outside force  
Internal conflict   a character struggles with himself - struggle takes place in the mind usually concerning a decision, an action, or a felling  
Expositions   part of a story or drama that introduces the characters, setting and basic situation  
Resolution   the outcome of the conflict in the plot  
Development   (rising action) situations involving the progress of the conflict in the story  
Climax   the turning point of the action in the plot, point where the outcome of a story hangs in a balance between one outcome and another  
Falling action   everything that happens after the climax  
Denouement   the end of the story or the resolution  
Point of View   the perspective from which a story is told  
Narrator   a speaker or character who tells the story from a particular point of view  
First Person Narrator   the story is told by a narrator who is a character in the story. This character talks about himself and tells the story from his own point of view  
Third person narrator   narrator that is not a character in the story and can be limited or omniscient  
Third person omniscient   this narrator is not a character in the story but sees, hears, or knows everything that will happen in the story  
Metaphor   a figure of speech in which something is described as though it were something else  


   






 
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