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The sequence of events in a literary work.
The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, introduces the conflict, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
Rising Action
The part of the story which conflict develops, complications arise, and suspense builds, and it ends with the climax or turning point of the story.
Climax / Turning Point
That point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest; usually the point at which the conflict is resolved.
Falling Action
The action that takes place in a story after the climax and it resolves the conflict.
Denouement / Resolution
The final part of a play or short story in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.
A central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work.
Main Idea
What a selection or story is mostly about.
A brief statement of the main events or most important parts of a story.
Conversation carried on by the characters in a work of literature.
Stage Directions
A playwright's descriptive instructions that provide readers (and actors) with information about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play.
Actions, dialogue, and narrative description that reveal a sense of a character's personality to the reader.
The time and place which the events of a story take place.
The person who wrote the play/drama.
Point of View
The perspective from which a story is told
First Person
a point of view in which the narrator is a character in the story who reveals personal thoughts and feelings, and cannot reveal the thoughts and feelings of other characters; uses the pronoun "I"
Second Person
a point of view that directly addresses the reader by using the pronoun "you" or "you" is implied
Third Person
point of view in which the narrator is outside of the story - an observer
Third Person Omniscient
point of view in which the narrator is all knowing about the actions, thoughts, feelings of ALL the characters
Third Person Limited
point of view in which the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of ONE character
An account of a person's life written by that person. Usually, it spans the writer's entire life, or at least a significant part of it.
This is an account of a person's life written by that person. Shorter than an autobiography, it may focus on one or two significant experiences instead of the writer's entire life.
a true story about a person's life told by someone else
Chronological Order
the events are told in time order
Proven or truthful; describes events that actually happened
Literature that tells about real people and real events.
a guess made using what you already know (background knowledge) and your text
"good guy", hero, main character in the story
"bad guy", or character or force in conflict with the main character
Facts used to support or prove that something is true.
"According to the text,"
"The text says,"
Internal Conflict
takes place in a character's own mind
External Conflict
a character struggles against an outside force
Person telling the story