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literary terms for middle school
What happens in a story.
words that describe what they sound like.
conflict (external and internal)
An external conflict is against opposing forces or characters, and internal happens in the mind.
The use of clues to suggest events that will happen later in the story.
Comparing one unlike thing to another to describe it.
The anxiety that we feel about what will happen next in a story.
Giving something human-like features.
Contrast between what is expected and what actually happens.
The accented vowel sounds of all sounds following them are separated.
The idea about life revealed in a work of literature.
The hero or usually main character of the story.
The villain of the story.
The rhyme that occurs at the end of the rhyme.
Patterns of rhymes in a poem.
The kinds of writing that creates a clear image of something, usually by using details that appeal to one or more of our senses.
A short piece of writing usually told by the author.
Like a simile, though it doesn't use like or as.
The time and place where the story happens.
figure of speech
A word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of something else that's different from it.
A piece of writing that has more depth then a short story, but is smaller than a novel.
A small piece of writing that has little depth.
point of view
When a character sees something from their perspective.
Speech between characters.
The character's attitude and emotions.
The character's outlook on events.
The sudden moment when memories come back to a character.
A figure of speech that refers to a well-known object or thing.
A great exaggeration.