Grade 6 Literary Terms
Terms in this set (27)
the main character
the person or force opposing the main character
a character who remains the same throughout the story
a character who changes during the story
drama between two opposing forces
Point of View
the perspective from which the narrative is told
a story told from the "I" point of view
a story told from the "you" point of view
3rd Person Objective
a story told from the "he/she" point of view, in which the narrator reports the actions and words of the characters, but not their thoughts
3rd Person Omniscient
a story told from the "he/she" point of view, in which the narrator shares the thoughts of all the characters
3rd Person Limited Omniscient
a story told from the "he/she" point of view, in which the narrator shares the thoughts of one or two of the characters, but not all
the "voice" that tells the story
the text that is the story
the use of words to create sensory impressions (often visual but can also create impressions of sound, smell, taste or touch)
an earlier event that is placed in a story, interrupting the chronology of events
subtle hints about upcoming events in a story
a large story with dynamic characters that encloses smaller stories or flashbacks
background information about the setting, characters, and plot in a story, usually placed at the story's beginning
increasing conflict, action, and suspense in a story
the point of greatest tension in a story
after the turning point of the climax, action slows down as the story ends
how the story ends
Person vs. Person example
James and Bill fight over wanting the same girl, but only one can have her.
Person vs. Self example
James wants the girl but also wants Bill as his best friend, and must choose.
Person vs. Nature example
James' plane crashes in a deserted forest, and the pilot dies, leaving him along to try to survive in the wilderness.
Person vs. Society example
James is a slave in Colonial America who wants to be a doctor, but slaves aren't allowed into medical school.
Person vs. Technology, Magic, Supernatural
James must fly the alien spacecraft into the mothership to deliver the bomb and save the Earth.