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Literary Terms 9th Grade Part 1

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Transcript of Literary Terms 9th Grade Part 1

Literary Terms are words we use in discussion, classification, criticism, and analysis of literature
Literary Terms Introduction
We will cover 26 of our literary terms today! (Hooray!!!!!)
Please fill in the definitions as we cover them.
Plot
The sequence of events in a literary work.
Characterization and
Point of View
Conflict
plot elements:
Exposition
The part of a story or play that explains the background or makes conflict clear.
Rising Action
The action that leads to the climax and is driven by the conflict
Climax
High point in a story, point of most intense interest, and point of no return. (The point where things change for the main character)
Falling Action
The action that takes place in a story after the climax and that resolves the conflict.
Resolution
The ending of the story (when the conflict is resolved)
Characterization
The way an author reveals his characters. Can be done directly or indirectly.
Third Person Omniscient
Point of View
an outsider tells the story and knows all about it (including other character’s thoughts and feelings)
Protagonist
The main character in a literary work who drives the plot forward.
Antagonist
The person or thing that opposes the protagonist.
Point of View
The perspective from which a story is told.
First Person Point of View
First person: person in the story tells it how he/she experienced it (Told from the perspective on one character in the story. Designated by the pronoun “I”)
Second Person Point of View
person telling the story speaks directly to the audience (Designated by the pronoun 'you.' There is no second person point of view in storytelling.)
Third Person Limited
Point of View
an outsider tells the story as he/she heard it
External Conflict
person struggles with something or someone from his/her environment
The problem or complication in a story, usually between a person and something else…either another person, a force of nature, fate, or the person himself.
Internal Conflict
person struggles with his/her feelings or a decision
Setting
Time and place of a literary work.
Writing or speech not meant to be interpreted literally.
(Similes, metaphors, and personification are examples of figurative language.)
Figurative Language
A comparison of two unlike things using the word 'like' or 'as.' Ex: Love is like a rose.
Simile
Metaphor
Comparison of two unlike things; a comparison in which one thing becomes another
Personification
Giving human characteristics to a non-human thing or substance.
More Literary Terms!
I promise that we are almost finished!
Imagery
Words that describe sights, sounds, movements and recreate sensory experience.
Theme
Central truth or idea in a story.
Foreshadowing
The use of clues that suggest events yet to come.
Tone
The writer or speaker's attitude towards the subject of the work.
Mood
The reader’s feelings generated by reading a story
A French word meaning form or type. Literary genres are novel, essay, poetry, play.

Dialogue
Conversation carried on by the characters in a work of literature.
Fiction
Prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events.
Genre
Symbolism
when one thing is used to represent, refer to, or make you think of something else
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