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Grade 9-10 Common Core Vocabulary
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A major division of the action of a play or drama.
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in a sequence of words (usually at the beginning of a word)
Character pitted against protagonist
a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
lacking stimulating characteristics
showing little if any change
Characterization (indirect and direct)
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features about characters
Method of character development in which the author simple tells what the
character is like.
Method of character development in which the author reveals the personality
of character through their speech, thoughts, actions, appearance, or effects of others
toward the character.
a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
identifying a part of a piece of writing as being derived from a source
assert or affirm strongly
state or assert that something is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof.
A party who is defending a claim asserts a claim against the opposing party
A position taken by someone with an opposing viewpoint
The point of greatest tension or emotional intensity in a plot.
Compare and Contrast
tell how things are alike and different
Conclusion / Concluding Statements
a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
A struggle between two opposing forces or characters in a short story, novel, play
or narrative poem.
a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
an indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant
Examine and judge carefully.
First part of the plot which presents main characters and their conflicts.
In a tragedy, the portion of the plot that follows the climax and that leads to
In the broadest sense of the word, any writing that relates imagined characters and occurrences rather than recounting real ones.
Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, [examples are metaphor, simile, and personification.
Scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the
present action of the plot to show events that happened at an earlier time.
Words or phrases that create pictures, or images, in the reader's mind.
A written selection intended to explain a topic, an idea, or a process.
Involves the inner struggle of a single character. Conflicts of this sort may result from the character's attempt to decide between opposing attitudes or beliefs.
a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
The reasons, either stated or implied, for a character's behavior
A story or a telling of a story, or an account of a situation or event.
Prose writing that deals with real people, things,
events, and places
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory ideas or terms
Simultaneous plot lines, usually with an intersection and one or more points.
the repetition of words or phrases that have similar grammatical structures
rewording for the purpose of clarification
A figure of speech in which something nonhuman is given human
a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
The sequence of events or actions in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem.
Point of View
Vantage point from which a writer tells a story.
The narrator is a character in the story. Uses first person pronouns (I, me,my).
Point of view in which the narrator is outside of the story - an observer
Third Person Limited
The narrator, who plays no part in story, zooms in on the thoughts and feelings of one character.
Third Person Omniscient
The narrator plays no part in the story but can tell us what
all the characters are thinking and feeling as well as what is happening.
Main character in fiction or drama
A word, phrase, line or group of lines repeated regularly in a poem usually at the
end of each stanza.
The return of a word, phrase, stanza form or effect in any form of literature
End of the story where loose ends are tied up; a solution is found
The action leading to the climax and the simultaneous increase of tension
in the plot.
Repetition of accented vowel sounds and all sounds following them in words that
are close together in a poem.
Traditionally, a subdivision of an act in drama.
writing or speech that appeals to one or more of the senses
The time and place in which the events in a short story, novel, play or narrative
A comparison made between two things through the use of a specific word or
comparison, such as like, as, than or resemble.
The voice that is talking to us in a poem.
Group of consecutive lines that form a single unit in a poem.
Classifying people by their certain traits that may not be accurate; a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
to restate the main point or idea in a brief way
The uncertainty of anxiety we feel about what is going to happen next in a
the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
In drama, an extended speech delivered by a character alone onstage
A person, place, thing, or event that stands both for itself and for something beyond itself.
Quotations, summaries, or paraphrases from text passages to support a position
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; a central idea in a passage or work of literature
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
when the reader interprets the clues the author provides
when the author gives clues to the reader; to indicate or express without stating outright
when the reader makes conclusions (figures out something) based on the clues the author provides; logical interpretation based on prior knowledge and experience
an idea that is implied or suggested; the feelings created by a word; non literal; symbolic
defined; literal meaning of a word; direct; realistic
when literature or art causes the reader to have feelings of pity, sorrow, or compassion for a character; emotional appeal--means to persuade an audience by appealing to their emotions.
good beliefs; the code of good conduct for an individual or group; the ethical appeal, means to convince an audience of the author's credibility or character.
an appeal based on logic or reason
to be an example of; represent; be typical of
improve; to make something more pure or precise; to make something more accurate; to make distinctions in thought
to have a strong effect on someone or something
To look at something carefully by attention to its parts; examine each part
to clarify by giving an example of
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