Story Elements! (7th grade ELA)
Terms in this set (32)
Gives background info. Introduces characters, setting, and the situation that leads to the problem.
Events in the plot that complicate the conflict
The central problem in the story
The most exciting part of the story -- a major turning point!
After the turning point, events leading to the resolution.
The end of the story. This part addresses how the problem turns out.
The main moral or message of the story (the author is trying to teach us a lesson about life here!)
The main character and decision-maker in the story
Against the main character (opposes the main character)
Images or objects in a story represent something deeper and more abstract
When you expect one thing to happen, and the opposite happens.
The literary category of the story
A literary device where one thing is compared to another using "like" or "as"
A literary device where one thing is compared or presented as another thing (direct comparison)
nonhuman things are given human characteristics
a reference to a historical figure, a historical event, something from popular culture, another piece of literature, etc.
Events in a story that give a hint as to what is to come
When a story is interrupted to give more information on something that happened in the past.
Two contrasting words or ideas are placed right next to each other
Describing the relationship between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
1st person Point of view
Story is told from a character's standpoint (uses I, me, we, us)
3rd person Point of View - Omniscient
Story is narrated from an outside standpoint, and the narrator describes what multiple characters think or feel.
Words next to each other start with the same sound
The general feeling developed through a piece of writing
Conflict inside one's mind or heart (a difficult decision, the feeling of guilt, etc.)
The author describes what you would experience with your 5 senses (visuals, sounds, smells, tastes, textures)
3rd person Point of View - Limited
Story is narrated from an outside standpoint, and the narrator says what only ONE character thinks and feels
The character goes through changes in the story (in personality or perspective)
The character stays the same through the whole story
Characters are complex and well-developed