an optional academic course or subject
to look angry by drawing the eyebrows together and frowning
extreme fierceness; intensity
in a shy or embarrassed way
disgrace or shame
planned together secretly
appear for the first time in public
a complete failure
an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person
came back to consciousness
wet and dirty
drew back suddenly
the act of showing sorrow or grief
(of land or fields) prepared for raising crops by plowing or fertilizing
a small house with a single story
Techniques a writer uses to create and develop a character
language that has meaning beyond the literal meaning; also known as "figures of speech."
comparison of two things using "like" or "as".
comparison of two things, without using "like" or "as".
the distinctive way that a writer uses language including such factors as word choice, sentence length, arrangement, and complexity, and the use of figurative language and imagery.
a writer's story of his/her own life
a writer's account of some other person's life
writing that deals with life in a humorous way, often poking fun at peoples' mistakes.
writing form that uses dialogue to share its message and is meant to be performed in front of an audience
a short piece of nonfiction that expresses the writer's opinion or shares information about a subject
a short story that often uses talking animals as main characters and teaches an explicit moral or lesson
a story set in an imaginary world in which the characters usually have supernatural powers or abilities
a story originally passed by word of mouth only. The characters are usually all good or all bad and in the end are rewarded or punished as they deserve.
a made-up story that is based on a real time and place in history, fact is mixed with fiction
a traditional story intended to explain some mystery of nature, religious doctrine, or cultural belief. the gods/goddesses of mythology have supernatural powers, but the human characters usually do not.
a book-length, fictional prose story that is usually more developed in plots and characters than short stories
a literary work that uses concise, colorful, often rhythmic to express ideas or emotions.
a literary work that uses the familiar spoken form of language, sentence after sentence
writing that attempts to show life as it really is
writing based on real or imaginary scientific developments and often set in the future
shorter than a novel, and can usually be read in one sitting, usually with one problem/conflict.
a humorous, exaggerated story often based on the life of a real person. The exaggerations build until the character can accomplish impossible things.
everything that happens in a story
the person or force that works against the hero of the story
one of the people/animals in a story
the high point in the action of a story
a problem or struggle between two opposing forces in a story. There are 4 basic ones: person against person, person against self, person against society, and person against nature
the part of the story usually near the beginning, in which the characters are introduced, the background explained, and the setting described
the action and dialogue following the climax that lead the reader into the story's end
the action that makes up the story, following a plan called the plot line
the planned action of events in a story. five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
the main character in the story, often good or heroic
the part of the story in which the problems are solved and the action ends
the central part of story during which various problems come up after conflict is introduced
the place and time of a story
the message about life or human nature that is "the focus" in the story that the writer tells.
a literary work whose content is imagination
true writing based on factual information