• character trait:  a word to describe a character's personality
    example:  independent, optimistic, determined
     
    conflict: the problem in the story (person v. person, person v. self, person v. society, person v. nature)
     
    foreshadowing:  a hint about an event that happens later in the plot. 
     
    genre: the type of literature
    example:  fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, etc.
     
    imagery: the use of images and other sensory details to help the reader imagine the scene in his or her mind
     
    metaphor:  a comparison of two unalike things 
    example:  Her eyes are daggers.
     
    mood:  the feeling an author creates in a piece of literature to affect the reader
     
    personification: to give an inanimate object human qualities
    example: The wind whistled through the trees.
     
    plot: the series of events in the story including the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, & resolution
     
    point of view: who is telling the story (1st person: uses the words I, me) (3rd person: outside narrator)
     
    repetition: the author repeats a word or phrase for emphasis
     
    setting: where and when the story is taking place
     
    simile:  a comparison of two unalike things using the words "like" or "as"
    example:  Her eyes are like daggers.
     
     
    symbol:  an object that represents a person, idea or emotion
    example:  a rainbow symbolizes hope
     
    theme: the author's message, the big idea
    example:  Communication is necessary between community members.
     
    tone:  the author's attitude or feeling towards the topic or subject