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Writing terms


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The basic argument advanced by a speaker or writer who then attempts to prove it; the subject or major argument of a speech or composition.
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
The method an author uses to reveal characters and their various personalities.
Point of view
The way in which an author reveals characters, events and ideas in telling a story; the vantage point from which the story is told.
A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
A systematic inquiry into a subject or problem in order to discover, verify or revise relevant facts or principles having to do with that subject or problem.
Sources Primary
Text and/or artifacts that tell or show a first-hand account of an event; original works used when researching.
The center of interest or attention.
Secondary Sources
Text and/or artifacts used when researching that are derived from something original.
How an author writes; an author's use of language; its effects and appropriateness to the author's intent andtheme.
Place together characters, situations or ideas to show common or differing features in literary selections.
The repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.
The fluency, rhythm and liveliness in writing that makes it unique to the writer.
Graphic organizer
A diagram or pictorial device that shows relationships.
Pattern book
A book with a predictable language structure and often written with predictable text; also known as predictable book.
Conventions of language:
Mechanics, usage and sentence completeness.
A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness.
Restate text or passage in other words, often to clarify meaning or show understanding.
A story, actual or fictional, expressed orally or in writing.

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