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Alliteration
same consonant sounds (Sally sells seashells)r
Allusion
to refer to person place or event from a famous story or from history
Antagonist
the character or force against the protagonist
Aside
the character in a play speaks to the audience
Atmosphere
the feeling created in a story
Audience
who the writer writes the story for
Ballad
poem or song that tells a story
Bias
focusing on only one perspective
Blank verse
poetry that doesn’t rhyme but has a meter
Character
person in a story
Chronological order
story organized according to time
Cliché
overused expression or idea (e.g. "There are two sides to every coin")
Climax
most exciting part of a story when we don’t know what will happen next
Colloquial
informal spoken language
Comedy
play with a happy ending
Compare
look for similarities
Conflict
the problem that causes the events in the rising action (internal or external)
Connotation
the emotional connections to a word
Contrast
look for differences
Denotation
the dictionary meaning of a word
Description
writing that shows or tells what something or someone is like
Dialogue
conversation between two or more characters
Direct presentation
what the narrator tells us about a character
Drama
writing that can be acted
Dynamic character
character who changes through the story