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Writing terms

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Thesis
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.
Tone
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
Characterization:
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.
Theme
A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
Research
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.
Focus:
The center of interest or attention.
Secondary Sources
Text and/or artifacts used when researching that are derived from something original.
Style
How an author writes; an author's use of language; its effects and appropriateness to the author's intent andtheme.
Compare:
Place together characters, situations or ideas to show common or differing features in literary selections.
Meter
The repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.
Voice
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.
Satire
A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness.
Paraphrase
Restate text or passage in other words, often to clarify meaning or show understanding.
Narrative
A story, actual or fictional, expressed orally or in writing.

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