Language Arts Terms

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1st person point of view

means that one of the characters is the narrator and telling the story

prose

is writing or speaking in the usual sentence form

metaphor

a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as

repetition for effect

a writing technique that uses a word or group of words in a repeating manner to emphasize a point

inference

an educated guess based on known facts

3rd person limited point of view

someone outside the story is the narrator and shares the thoughts and feelings of only one character

Magic 3

a writing technique that uses three very detailed descriptions in a series to explain or describe

hyperbole

an exaggeration for effect

specific details for effect

a writing technique that gives very specific details in writing so that the reader can "picture" the story

poetry

writing that has rhythm or rhyme

idiom

means words used in a special way that may be different from their literal meaning

irony

the opposite of what is expected happens

symbol

something that stands for more than just itself

alliteration

a figure of speech formed by repeating the same initial consonant sound in several words in close succession

3rd person omniscient

means that someone outside the story is telling the story and this narrator shares the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the book

expanded moment

a writing technique using imagery to give the reader more details, to make the moment more life-like

figurative language

writing that uses similes, metaphors and personification

simile

a comparison between two unlike things using like or as

genre

a category of books characterized by a particular style, form or content

theme

the main idea; the lesson learned

flashback

a writing technique in which a writer interrupts the story to go back and explain an earlier event

full circle ending

a writing technique that ends the piece of writing the same way that it began

mood

what is created in words to have a reader feel a certain way

conflict

a struggle between opposing forces

antagonist

the person or force that works against the hero of the story

foreshadowing

hints or clues that the writer uses to suggest what will happen next in a story

humor

a writing technique that uses a funny event to improve the writing

setting

the place and time frame in which a story takes place

protagonist

the main character in a story, often a good or hero type

hyphenated modifier

a writing technique that uses a string of adjectives to describe one word

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