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5th Grade Literary Terms

Vocabulary on the 5th Grade OR assessment
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flashback
When the author goes back in the story to an earlier time.
hyperbole
Great exaggeration
irony
Using a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its normal meaning.
metaphor
Comparing two things without using "like" or "as".
allusion
Reference to a well-known person, place, thing, event, or work of literature.
personification
Giving human characteristics to an idea, object, or animal.
figurative language
Using words to create a special effect.
foreshadowing
Hints or clues about what is going to happen in the story.
oxymoron
Using two contradictory words together for a special effect.
pun
A word or phrase used in a way that gives it a funny twist.
sarcasm
Use of praise to ridicule someone or something.
satire
Writing that ridicules or makes fun of people's mistakes or weaknesses.
soliloquy
A speech given in a play by a character.
symbol
a concrete or real object used to represent an idea.
dialogue
Talking between characters in a story.
narrator
The person or character who is telling the story.
setting
Time and place of the story.
antagonist
The person or thing fighting against the hero (the villain).
protagonist
The hero of the story.
plot
The action in the story.
plot line
Shows the action or events in a story (5 parts).
exposition
The part that explains the background and setting of the story.
rising action
The part of the story when various problems start to happen.
simile
Comparing two things using "like" or "as".
climax
Turning point in the action of the story.
falling action
The part of the story that follows the climax.
resolution
The satisfying end of a story where the problems are solved.
conflict
The problem in the story that triggers the action.
point of view
The angle from which a story is told.
first-person
One of the characters is telling the story.
third-person
Someone from outside the story is telling it.
theme
The subject or message being written about.
mood
The feeling a reader gets from a story.
tone
The author's attitude or feeling about a piece of writing.
character
A person in a story.
characterization
The author's way of explaining the people in the story.