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ELA Unit 3 Academic Vocabulary

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Exposition
tells readers who the characters are and what the setting is
Rising Action
the events leading up to the climax; rising action is where the conflicts are developed
Climax
the moment of change for the main characters; usually an emotional or suspenseful moment in the story
Falling Action
the events that immediately follow the climax
Resolution
the last part of the story where the loose ends of the plot are tied up and the story is closed
Complication
a circumstance that complicates something; a difficulty
Narrative
a writing that tells a story or a personal experience
Characterization
the process of revealing the personality of a character in a story
Indirect Characterization
when the author reveals information about a character through what the characters says, thinks, feels, does, and what others say/feel about other characters
Direct Characterization
when the author directly tells you what a character's personality is like
Dynamic
a character who changes as a result of the events of the story
Static
a character who does not change much in the course of work
Flat
one-dimensional, usually a minor character; we often do not know his/her motivation or background
Round
complex, multi-faceted, realistic character whose motivations and background are revealed throughout the story
Protagonist
the main character in a story, novel, drama, or other literary work
Antagonist
the character who opposes the protagonist
Setting
the time and place in which the events of a work of literature take place
Foreshadowing
the use of clues to suggest events that will happen later in the plot
Flashback
an interruption in the action of a plot to tell what happened at an earlier time
Dialogue
a conversation between two or more characters
Narrator
the person telling a story or a poem; narrative can be fiction or nonfiction
Theme
the truth about life revealed in a work of literature or poem; can have more than one; most are inferred from the reading
Symbol
a person, a place, a thing, or an event that has its own meaning and stands for something beyond itself as well
Audience
the intended reader of a literary work
Point of View
the point from which a story is told
First Person
one of the characters is telling the story; uses pronouns like "I," "me," and "we".
Second Person
author is speaking directly to the reader; uses "you" and "your" throughout
Third Person- Objective
narrator is not a character in the story; uses pronouns like "he," "she," and "they".
Third Person -Limited
narrator focus on the thoughts and feelings of one character
Third Person -Omniscient
"all-knowing"; the narrator knows everything about the characters and their problems
Internal Conflict
a struggle that takes place within the character's mind between opposing needs, desires or emotions; character vs. self
External Conflict
a character struggles against some outside force; character vs. character, character vs. society; character vs. nature
Atmosphere
the overall mood or emotion of a work of literature; author creates this by using images, sound, and descriptions that convey a particular feeling
Mood
the overall emotion created by a work of literature; usually described with adjectives
Tone
the attitude that a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character