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Argument
A form of persuasive writing that uses logos, ethos, or pathos to convince an audience to think or act in a certain way. Presents a particular opinion or idea and supports it with evidence.
Causal Relationship
Form of argumentation in which the writer claims that one thing results from another, often used as part of a logical argument.
Climax
That point of action in the plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest, also called the “turning point” at which the outcome of a conflict is decided.
Connotation
An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning. For example, “swingset” can bring on the connotations of children or laughter.
Counter-Argument
To refute an argument by using reasoning supported with evidence to disprove a viewpoint.
Denotation
The literal textbook definition of a word.
Epic
A long narrative poem written in heightened language, which recounts the deeds of a heroic character who embodies the values of a particular society.
Essay
A short piece of nonfiction prose in which the writer discusses some aspect of a subject.
Ethos
One of the persuasive techniques that appeals to authority, ethics.
Exposition
Introduces characters, situation, and setting One of the four major forms of discourse, in which something is explained or “set forth.”
First Person POV
Written in the writer's or persona's point of view. Uses personal pronouns like “I” or “my” and used in personal narratives.
Genre
A kind of style of literature or art, each with its own specific characteristics. Film, poetry, and fiction are all examples of various types.
Logos
One of the persuasive techniques that appeals to logic.
Myth
A popular belief, often passed down orally through generations, based on fiction or half-truth.
Narrator
The voice/person telling the story.
Objective
A view on a subject that is completely unbiased and based upon cold, hard, facts.
Omniscient POV
A Third-Person POV where the narrator knows all of the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the story, used in fiction writing.
Open-Ended Conclusion
A conclusion in a story that lacks the conventional closure which typically occurs when everything in the narrative is explained and accounted for.
Parable
A relatively short story that teaches a moral, or lesson about how to lead a good life.
Pathos
One of the persuasive techniques that appeals to emotion.
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