Internal Conflict:A struggle that occurs within a character's emotions or thoughts. (ex. a decision, guilt, anger)
External Conflict:A struggle between a character and an outside force. (ex. another person, the weather, society)
Theme:the main topic or lesson of the story. (ex. Divorce, overcoming obstacles, growing up)
Symbolism:when an image or object represents an idea. (ex. religious symbols, "N" for Huskers, trophies)
Flat character:A character that is defined by one main trait. (ex. wicked witch, hero, side characters)
Round character:A character that has several different traits. (ex. main characters)
Characterization:How an author lets us know a character's traits.
Direct Characterization:The author tells us a character's traits directly. (Tell, don't show) (Ex. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch)
Indirect Characterization:The author shows us a character's traits through their speech, thoughts, effect on others, actions, and looks. (Show, don't tell) (ex. We see the Grinch stealing all of the Christmas toys)
E: Effect on Others
Atmosphere/Mood:A type of feeling a reader gets from an author's descriptive language. (How the story makes you feel)
Suspense: the intense feeling that an audience goes through while waiting for the outcome of certain events.
Character motivation:The reason(s) that a character does what they do. (What does the character want?)
Point of View:The perspective through which a story is told. (ex. First-Person, Third-Person)
Viewpoint: a character's perspective or opinion about something