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Dialogue

Conversation between two or more characters

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Flashback

A section in a text that is set before the events of the main story

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Future tense

A verb that describes something that will happen in the future eg he will laugh

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Narrator

The person who tells the story

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Past tense

A verb that describes something that happened in the past eg they laughed

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Point of view

The way a character regards events or people

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Present tense

A verb that describes something that is happening now eg they are laughing

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Sequence

The order in which things happen

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Setting

Where the events take place

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Structure

The organisation of a text

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Narrative

A written story or account

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Perspective

A particular view of something

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Narrative voice

The person telling the story from their point of view

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Structural feature

A feature that helps structure a text

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Empathize

To understand and share someone else's feelings

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Narrow focus

The narrator focusing on a specific (often small details) section of a text

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Wider focus

Often deals with bigger details- settings etc

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Switch of focus

When the writer changes their focus from one character to another, one setting to another. What a character is thinking to what a character is doing.

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Cyclical structure (circular structure)

When a story ends in a similar way to how it begins, can be through setting, action, the characters, language choice etc...

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Climax

The most exciting part of the story

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Anti climax

A part of the story which is not as exciting as you thought

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Rising action

Where the tension of the story is building towards a climax

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Falling action

Where the action of the story starts to fall away, usually after an anti-climax

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Contrast

A clear

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First person perspective

The point of view of a character involved in the action of a story using "i"

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Pace

The speed at which something happens

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Symbolism

The use of symbols to represent something else

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Third person perspective

The point of view of someone not involved in the action of the story. Using he, she or they

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Dialogue: opening

The reader is thrown straight in, without orientation or warning

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Opening: description

Establishes mood and atmosphere, and creates a visual picture for the reader

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Opening: character

Gives the reader someone to empathise with or imagine straight away

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Opening: mystery

Pulls the reader in by making them want to know what happens next

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Opening: thematic statement

Lets the reader know that the detail to follow fits into a wider context

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Opening: action

Can create a sense of immediate danger and throw the reader into the middle of an event