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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 e.g. "they 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. e.g. '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. e.g. 'they laugh' or '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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Narrative voice

The person telling the story from their point of view

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Perspective

A particular view of something

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Empathise

To understand and share someone else's feelings

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Plot

The events in a story

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Narrow focus

The writer focuses in on specific (often small details) section of the text.

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Wider focus

Often deals with bigger details - setting 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 he is doing.

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Cyclical cycle (circular)

Where a story ends in a similar way to how it begins. This could be through the setting, the action, the characters, language choice.

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Climax

The most exciting part of the story.

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Anti-climax

Disappointing part of the story is not as exciting as you hoped

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Rising action

Where the tension/excitement of the story is building towards a climax

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Falling action

Where the atmosphere/action of the story starts to fall away. (This often happens after a climax)

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Contrast

Clear difference between things

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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 a story using 'he', 'she', or 'they'

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Connotations

The underlying ideas and feelings suggested by a word

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Opening Dialogue

Characters are speaking as the narrative begins

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Description opening

Sets the scene or describes a character

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Character opening

Introduces a character's thoughts

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Mystery opening

An intriguing event or question is set up.

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Thematic statement opening

Indicates what ideas or themes will be significant

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Action opening

A physical description of something happening