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Flashcards in Structural Terms / Features Deck (40):
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Explain what a Dialogue is

A conversation between two or more characters

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Explain what a flashback is

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

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Explain what future tense is

A verb that describes something that will happen in the future
E.g. 'they will laugh'

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Explain what a narrator is

The person who tells the story

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Explain what past tense is

A verb that describes something that happened in the past
E.g. they laughed'

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Explain what a point of view is

The way a character regards events or people

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Explain what present tense is

A verb that describes something that is happening now
E.g. 'they are laughing'

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Explain what a sequence is.

The order in which things happen

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Explain what a setting is

Where the events take place

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Explain what structure is

The organisation of a text

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Explain what a narrative is

A written story or account

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Explain what a perspective is

A particular view of / on something

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Explain what a narrative voice is

A person telling the story from their point of view

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Explain what a structural feature is?

A feature that helps structure a text

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What is meant by a chronological order

In date or time order

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Define prioritised

The most important facts first

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Define what is meant by empathise

To understand and share someone else's feelings

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Define what a plot is

The events in a story

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Define what narrow focus is?

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

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Define what a wider focus/perspective is

Often deals with bigger details-setting or character.

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Define what a switch focus is

When the writer changes their focus from one character to another, or one setting to another, what a character is thinking to what a character is doing, big details to small detail.

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Define what cyclical/circular structure is

Is where a story ends in a similar way to how it begins this could be through the setting, the action the characters, language choice, atmosphere etc.

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Define what climax is

The most exiting part of the story

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Define what anticlimax is

The disappointing part of the story that isn't that exiting as you hopped.

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Define what rising action is

Its where the tension/excitement/action of the story is building towards the climax

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Define what Falling action is

This is where the rising action of the story starts to fall away this often comes up after a climax of a anticlimax

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Define what contrast is

The clear difference between things

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Define what empathising is.

To understand and share someone else's feelings

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First person perspective

The point of view of a character involved in action of a story, using 'I'

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Define what pace is

The speed at which something happens

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Define what symbolism is

The use of symbols to represent something else

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Define what third person perspective is

The point of view of someone not involved in action of a story, using 'he' or 'they'

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What is Narrative perspective

The point of view in which a story is told. (E.g. first person)

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Define a genre

Its a category of literature

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Opening:
Whats the effect of dialogue

The reader is thrown straight in, without orientation or warning

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Opening:
Whats the effect of description

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

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Opening:
Whats the effect of starting with introducing a character

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

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Opening:
Whats the effect of having mystery or an intriguing event or question at the beginning

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

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Opening:
Whats the effect of having a thematic statement that indicates what ideas of themes are significant

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

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Opening:
Whats the effect of having an action or something that has a physical description of something happening.

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