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Dialogue

Conversation between two or more charechters

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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 that 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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Structural feature

A feature that helps to structure a text.

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Emphathize

To understand and share someone else's feelings.

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Narrow focus

The writer focusing on a specific (often small details) section of the text.

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Wider focus

Often deal with bigger details- setting etc

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Switch focus

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

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Cyclical structure

A story ends in a similar way to how it begins (setting, action, characters or language choice)

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Climax

The most exciting part of the story.

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Anti-climax

A disappointing part of the story.

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Rising action

The tension / excitement/ action is getting closer.

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Falling action

The action starts to fall away. Often after a climax or an anti-climax.

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Contrast

A 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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Openings-dialogue:characters are speaking as the narrative begins

The reader is thrown straight in, without orientation or warning

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Openings- description: sets the scene or describes a character

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

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Openings- character: introduces a characters thoughts.

Gives the reader someone to empathise with or imagine straight away.

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Openings- mystery: an intriguing event or question is set up.

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

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Openings-thematic statement: indicates what ideas or themes will be significant

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

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Openings- action: a physical description of something happening

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