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Messages about life and human nature that writers convey to their readers.

Theme

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Words that mean something other than their "real" meaning.

Figurative language

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The organizational pattern an author uses to structure the ideas in a text.

Text structure, examples are cause/effect, compare/contrast, etc.

3

A writer's position on a problem or issue; a writer's main idea or position. (directly or indirectly)

Claims

4

A writer's choice of narrator.

Point of view

5

The reason an author decides to write about a specific topic

Author's purpose

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A struggle between different forces (internal or external).

Conflict

7

Main, minor, dynamic, static, flat, and round.

Character types

8

The character's qualities.

Character traits

9

Refers to the typical structures used by writers and their works to convey his or her message in a simple manner to his or her readers.

Literary device. Examples are metaphors, similes, etc.

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A feeling that the writer creates for the readers.

Mood

11

A writers attitude toward his or her subject.

Tone

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The repeating of the sound, word, phrase, or line to emphasize something in a poem.

Repetition

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The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

Alliteration

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A comparison between two unlike things using the words "like" or "as".

Simile

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A comparison between two unlike things that does not contain the word "like" or "as".

Metaphor

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A person, place, or thing that stands for something beyond itself.

Symbol

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The repetition of sounds of the ends of words.

Rhyme

18

Design elements that writers use to organize text and to point out key ideas and important information.

Nonfiction text features. Examples are titles, subheadings, sidebars, graphic aids, captions, and bulleted lists.

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How things are alike and how things are different.

Compare/contrast

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How the author arranges events to develop his/her basic idea; sequence of events in a story or play.

Elements of plot

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Sources of information outside of words that readers may use to predict identities and meanings of unknown words.

Context clues

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Evidence/support used to support an argument/position; using a quotation from an already published author that helps to prove a statement or to lend credibility to an idea.

Textual evidence