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8th Grade English Final

Mrs. Harrington's class of 2012
STUDY
PLAY
Allegory
referring to a large object with something small
Allusion
reference to text
Alliteration
a repetition of the first letter in each word
Anecdote
short narrative about a certain incident
Antagonist
character who opposes main character
Characterization
stereotypical view of a character without the author describing him/her
Climax
the most exciting part of a story
Complicating Incident
the way the conflict is introduced
Conflict
the problem the character has
First Person
form the character's point of view
Flashback
reference to earlier text
Foreshadowing
giving hints to the plot
Hyperbole
statement used to make an effect, exaggeration
Irony
When the reader knows something the character doesn't
Metaphor
comparing similar things without using like or as
Mood
the feeling of the setting and plot
Onomatopoeia
sound word
Parallelism
every sentence has a similar structure
Personification
object or idea given human characteristics
Protagonist
the main character
Repetition
a word or phrase is repeated to show emphasis
Sarcasm
a tone of voice used to convey witty comments
Setting
the environment in which a story takes place
Theme
main idea or message, usually about universal truths
Third Person Limited
narrator only knows what can be observed
Third person Omniscient
narrator knows all
Understatement
speaker says less than one feels
Willing Suspension of Disbelief
reader putting aside own beliefs to accept the world the author creates
Romanticism
18th & 19th century literary movement depicting emotion and beauty
Litotes
conscious understatement achieving opposite effects
Verb
an action or state of being
Adjective
word used to describe, modify, or limit a noun or pronoun
Adverb
word used to modify, describe, or limit a verb
Interjection
word used to show surprise or emotion
Conjunction
Used to connect words, phrases or clauses. ex. F.A.N.B.O.Y.S.
Preposition
a word that is used with a noun or pronoun to form a prepositional phrase
Noun
person, place, thing, or idea
Style
how the author shows his/her personality in words
Organization
ideas flowing from one idea to the next naturally
Content
the information that helps one make a point
Focus
staying on track and responding to the given prompt
Conventions
the common rules of writing
Classic
a piece of writing that has endured from generations before
Idealism
behavior or thought based on vision of how things ought to be rather than how they are
Foil
a secondary character who contrasts the major character
Dynamic (Round) Character
changes by the end of the plot
Static (Flat) Character
one who doesn't change by the end of the plot
Verisimilitude
appearance of truth
Stereotypical Character
easily accepted by readers without development
Resolution
conflict is resolved
Aphorism
pithy observation that contains a truth
Narrator
Speaker who tells the story
Point of View
perspective from which the story is told
Rising Action
part of the story in which tension rises leading to the climax
Structure
how a story is put together, the plot
Suspense
techniques used to keep the reader interested
Tone
writer's attitude toward elements in the story