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6th grade literary term

this study guide is great for kids who go to saints peter and paul school
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Alliteration
repition of intial consonant sounds.
Analogy
a comparison between two or more things that sre similar in some ways but different in others.
Anecdote
brief story about interesting, amusing, or strange events.
Atmosphere
the feeling created in the reader by a literary work .
Autobiography
a story about the writer's own life told by the writer.
Biography
A form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life of another person.
Character
a person or an animal that takes part in a literary work.
Characterization
the act of creating and developing a character.
Climax
the high point in the action of the plot.
Comedy
a literary work, especially a play, which is light, often humorous, and ends happily.
Concrete poem
a poem in the shape of its subject.
Conflict
a struggle between opposing forces.
Connotation
the set of ideas associated with its explicit meaning.
Dennotation
the dictionary meaning of a word.
Description
a portrait in words, of a person, place , or object.
Development
the sequence of cause and effect events.
Dialect
a form of language spoken by a specific region.
Dialogue
a conversation between characters.
Drama
a story written to be performed by actors.
Dynamic character
one who changes or grows during the course of action.
Essay
a short nonfiction about a particular subject, six types of essays, informal, historical, expository, narrative, informational and persuasive.
Exposition
the introduction, this introduces the characters, setting and basic situation.
Expository writing
writing that explains or informs.
Extended metaphor
same as a metaphor, but several connected comparisons are made.
External conflict
man against man, man against nature and man against society.
a character whose actions are inspiring or noble.
Hero/ Heroine
real people, places and events that are incorporated into made-up things.
Historical fiction
Images
words or phrases that appeal to the five senses.
Imagery
mental pictures
Internal conflict
man against himself.
Irony
literary technique that involves interesting, amusing and surprising contradictions.
Legend
widely told story about the past that has no foundation if true or not.
Letters
written communication from one person to another.
Limerick
humorous, rhyming, five-lined poem, with specific meter and rhyme scheme.
Lyric poem
highly musical verse that expresses the observations and feelings of a single speaker.
Main Character
most important character in a story.
reports, explanations, opinions and descriptions, written for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.
Media Accounts
Metaphor
figure of speech in which something is described as if it were something else.
Meter
it's a rhythimical pattern.
Minor character
one who takes part in the action, but isn't the focus of attention.
Mood
the feeling created in the reader by the literary work.
Moral
a lesson taught by a literary work.
Motive
reason that explains, or partially explains a characters thoughts, actions, feelings and speech.
Myth
a made-up tale that explains the actions of gods or heroes or the orgins of elements of nature.
Narration
writing that tells a story.
Narrative
it's a story.
Narrative Poem
a story told in verse.
Narrator
a speaker who tells a story.
Nonfiction
prose writing that presents and explains ideas or that tells about real people, places, objects, or events.
Novel
long work of fiction.
Novella
longer than a short story, shorter than a novel.
Onomatopoeia
use of words that imitate sounds.
Oral Tradition
the passing of songs, stories and poems from generation to generation.
Personification
figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics.
Perspective
point of view.
Persuasion
writing or speech that attempts to convince the reader to adopt to a paticular opinion or course of action.
Playwright
a person who writes plays. William shakespeare is the most famous playwright in english literature.
Plot
the sequence of cause and effect events.
Poetry
three major types of literature, uses a special device such as rhyme, three types are lyric, concrete and narrative.
Point Of View
the perspective of which a story is told, kinds are first person, omniscient third person and limited third person.
Problem
conflict
Prose
ordinary form of written language.
the main character in a literary work.
Protaginist
Refrain
regularly repeated of lines in a poem or song.
Reptition
the use more than once of any element of language, like a sound.
Resolution
the outcome of the conflict in the plot.
Rhyme
the repetition of sounds at the ends of words.
Rhyme Scheme
regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem.
Rhythm
the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in spoken or written language.
Round character
a fully developed character.
Scene
a section of uninterrupted action in the act of a drama.
Science fiction
combines elements of fiction and fantasy with scientific fact that is usually set in the future
Sensory Language
Writing or speech that appeals to one or more of the 5 senses
Setting
It is the time and place of the action
Static Character
It is a character who doesn't change
Surprise Ending
the conclusion that is unexpected
Suspense
A feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work
Symbol
It is anything that stands for or represents something else.
Turning Point
Climax
brief story or poem usually with animal characters that teaches a lesson or moral.
Fable
Fantasy
highly imaginative writing that contains elements not found in real life.
Fiction
prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events.
Figurative language
writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally.
Figure of speech
many types of figurative language like, simile, metaphor and personification.
Flashback
a writers technique that gives clues about the past.
Flat Character
one-sided, often stereotypical.
Folk Tale
a story compossed orally and then passed person to person by word of mouth.
Foot
weak and strong stresses divided by vertical lines .
Foreshadowing
the writer gives clues about what is going to happen in the future.
Free Verse
poetry not written in regular meter.
Genre
a division or type of literature. Three kinds are Poetry, Prose and Drama
Haiku
three lined Japanese poem, 5 7 5 syllables.