Literary Terms Review- Grade 4
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The events of a story and the order they happen; always include a problem and solution.
The place and time in which a story happens.
One of the individuals in a story. They are usually people but can also be animals or humanized objects.
What the reader feels when reading the story.
The character that works against the protagonist.
The main character.
A person, place, or object that stands for something else; represents an idea. American Flag = Freedom; Dove = peace.
The main idea or message of a story. A big idea about people, life, or the world.
sequence; order of events
A narrator that is an invisible storyteller; uses he, she, or they.
The narrator is a character in the story; tells the story from his/her perspective; uses I and we.
Point of view; the position from which a story is told.
What the character says, does, thinks, feels or looks like.
The most exciting part of the story. The conflict or problem at its worst.
The beginning of the story where the characters, setting, and main conflict are introduced. This part often tells what happened before the story begins.
The part in the story in which the characters try to solve the conflict.
The outcome that brings the story to a close.
internal character traits
Traits inside a character- words, feelings, thoughts, and actions
external character traits
Physical descriptions that the reader sees in the character- looks, size, age.
exposition-rising action-climax-falling action-resolution
When the sequence of a story gets interrupted, allowing readers to travel back in time and relive an event in the character's life.
When the text provides hints about what will happen later in the story.
When the author uses words to paint a picture in the reader's mind; sights, sounds, smells, etc.
A struggle or problem in the story.
The author's voice or attitude about what he/she writes.
The way the author uses language to write a story.