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reading non fiction terms

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Nonfiction
material that deals with real people events and ideas
biography
a story of a person's life written by someone else
narrator/speaker
the person who tells the story
narrative essay
a true essay that tells a story
point of view
the author's perspective on a subject
autobiography
a writer's account of his or hers own life
expository essay
gives info about a subject
persuasive essay
the the author tries to convince the reader to believe something
fact
something can be proven to be true
opinion
a person's personal idea
bias
favoring one side of an argument
cause and effect
one event, the cause, brings the second event, the effect
compare
how things are the same
contrast
how things are different
descriptive essay
writing that uses images that apply to the senses.
anecdotes
a short, entertaining story
theme
a writer's message or lesson
thesis statement
a sentence or group of sentences that expresses the main idea of in a nonfiction book
plot
sequence of events in a piece of writing
stereotype
a kind of character who has only a few personality traits
irony
the difference between the way things seem to be and the way they actually are