English I/II Common Core Literary Terms
A list of common devices explored within the English 9-10 grade band.
point of view
The perspective from which a story is told
A message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader.
A statement that sums up or encapsulates the major ideas of a text
A group of lines in a poem
Examples, ideas, or direct excerpts(quotations) from the text that support your assertion by providing examples of the claim you make in your assertion
A word or phrase that can be understood more than one way; sometimes ironic, sometimes a pun
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem
A character in the story is actually telling the story himself/herself
third person point-of-view
An unknown narrator outside the action is telling the story (unbiased & objective).
A struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
A character struggles against some outside force: another character, society as a whole, or some natural force
A belief or statement based on little or no proof.
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
The context in time and place in which the action of a story occurs.
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests
A question asked to emphasize a point; no answer is expected.
A short statement or paragraph that tells what an text is about without personal opinions.
The author's method of organizing text (compare-contrast, main idea-details; listing; chronological)
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase (biitersweet; agree to disagree)
The reason the author has for writing. ( Inform, persuade, express, & entertain)
All uses of language that imply an imaginative comparison (simile, metaphor, personification, etc.)
A figure of speech in which a comparison is implied but not stated, such as "This winter is a bear."
A comparison using like or as.
A group of words, not a complete sentence
Conversation between characters
Repetition of initial consonant sounds.