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Grade 8 Novel/Genre and Drama Vocabulary

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act
main division in a play
audience
people watching a play
body language
the way a person gestures or holds his/her body that shows his/her feelings
comedy
a humorous play that ends with the conflicts resolved happily
depict
represent by a drawing, painting, or writing
drama
a play for theatre, radio, or television
epilogue
final speech in a play
facial expression
the way a person's face looks and shows his/her feelings
farce
a ridiculous comedy with unlikely situations and exaggerated characters
genre
a category or type of literature (or art, music, etc.) characterizes by a particular form, style, or content
monologue
a part of a play when one character speaks along, revealing his/her thought and feelings
mood (atmosphere)
feeling that a literary work conveys to readers; the emotional impact on the reader
motivation
a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way
playwright
writer of a play
portray
depict (show someone or something) in a work of art or literature
prologue
introduction speech in a play
scene
a smaller division of a play within an act
script
the text of a play or movie
slang
informal language
stage directions
instructions for the play about character movement, lighting, sound effects, etc. -often in italics of in parentheses
tragedy
a play in which the protagonist loses, often because of a flaw or fatal mistake
tall tale
a humorous kind of folk tale that uses a great deal of exaggeration and is not meant to be take very seriously
contend
compete with others in a struggle to achieve
style
a writer's unique way of writing
science fiction
a story that blends futuristic technology with scientific fact and fiction
satire
when a writer uses humor to make fun of human societal weaknesses
realistic fiction
imaginative writing that accurately reflects life as it could be lived today. Everything in a realistic fiction story could conceivably happen to real people living in today's natural physical world
point of view
angle of perspective from which a story or poem is told (first person, third person, etc.)
parody
imitating someone's style in a humorous way
myth
a traditional story about gods, ancestors, or heroes, told to explain the natural worlds or the customs and beliefs of a society
mystery
a suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story
moral
a practical lesson about right and wrong conduct often stated at the conclusion of an instructive story such as a fable
legend
stories, handed down from the past, believed to be historically true but not necessarily a proven fact. Based more on historical truth and less on the supernatural
historical fiction
a fictional story with real and invented characters that takes place during a historical time
genre
a category or type of literature (or of art, music, etc) characterized by a particular form, style, or content
folktale
a story, often with a message, that was initially passed on by word of mouth
fable
a brief story that leads to a moral, often using animals as characters
fantasy
a story that includes elements that are impossible, such as talking animals or magical powers
fairy tale
a children's story featuring magical creatures or events