14 terms

Literary Terms (8th grade)

Literary Terms for Ms. Anzia's, Ms. Jenson, and Mr. Ochoa's 8th grade ELA classes
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simile
a comparison that uses "like" or "as"
metaphor
a comparison that does not use "like" or "as"
personification
giving human qualities to something that is not human
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
alliteration
repetition of the same sound in words that are close together
onomatopoeia
a word that sounds like what it describes
symbol
an object that represents an idea
imagery
descriptions that appeal to the five senses
allusion
a reference to a work of literature, to history, to popular culture, etc.
dialect
a way of speaking that belongs to a particular area or group
irony
when what happens is the opposite of what is expected, or when someone says the opposite of what he/she means
mood
the overall atmosphere or feeling
tone
the attitude a writer or narrator takes toward his subject
theme
a message or truth about life, human nature, or society
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