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The moral or lesson in the story

What is theme?


Identify the type of figurative language used here: She was as bright as the sun.

What is a simile?


First person or third person point of view:

I hopped on my bike and rode to the store to buy my mom a quart of milk.

What is first person?


What three parts should be included in a summary?

beginning, middle, end


A recipe for banana bread would be considered which text structure?

What is sequence?


When 2 characters in a play have a conversation, this is called___________.

What is dialogue?


What text feature allows you to see what is being described? 

What is a Photograph?


Which point of view?

When they had finished eating, they all went to the backyard to watch the fireworks. Jessie smiled, and her brother smiled back at her.

What is third person ?

The author's purpose for writing an advertisement for a water park is __________.

What is to persuade?


What is the setting?

Michael bounced his right leg nervously as he sat in the sterilized room.  The unwelcoming white walls blinded him, and the smell of harsh cleaning solvents attacked his nostrils.

What is a doctor's office?


What is the author's purpose:

A handbook teaching people how to build a birdhouse

What is inform/teach?


Identify the type figurative language used here:

April is the cruelest month of the year.

What is personification?


The solution a story is called the _________.

What is resolution?


When you use prior knowledge and evidence from the text, this is called a/an_____________.

What is an inference?


What POV?

Trey looked out the window. The rain was still pouring down. He threw his baseball glove on the couch with a sigh. The thunder cracked and his phone dinged. Trey picked up the phone. It was a message from his cousin: The game is cancelled because of the weather. Trey didn't reply to the message. He threw the phone back on his bed and rubbed his temples. The rain pattered on the roof. 

What is third person ?


Identify the type of figurative language used here:

The children were roses grown in concrete gardens, beautiful and forlorn.

What is a metaphor?


Figurative language 

Spring is rainy days, Spring is green grass, Spring is beautiful flowers

What is Repetition?


Identify the figurative language, tell what two things are being compared and explain what it means:

The detective listened to her story with a wooden face.

What is metaphor, the detective's face to wood, the detectives had no expression as they listened to her.


What is the author's purpose?

We thought the game was over. The buzzer rang and we thought that we had lost, but then the referee blew the whistle. A foul was called and now Derrick had a chance to win the game for us. He stepped up to the free-throw line. The stadium, though filled with people, was completely silent. Everyone was still. Derrick dribbled the ball a couple times. He squared up on the line. Sweat beaded on his forehead. All eyes were on Derrick.

What is to entertain?


refers to an author's use of words and writing style to convey his or her attitude towards a topic.

What is tone?


In drama, these help the reader "see" the scene. They are usually in parenthesis.

What are stage directions?


What is the figurative language?

My teacher told me I was on fire because I got an A on every test this week. 

What is Idiom?


Identify the point of view of the following paragraph:

Red looked across the prairie. He didn't see anything concerning. He wondered why Texas Joe had hollered like that. Texas Joe turned to him. The ghost that Texas Joe had just seen was gone. Texas Joe swatted at the air. Now he felt crazy. "You have to believe me, Red. It was just here," said Texas Joe. Red scowled at him in disbelief. "What was just here, Joe?" he asked. Red was angry with Texas Joe for disturbing his sleep for no apparent reason.

What is 3rd person ?


Setting: Where and when is the story taking place?

The swings and slides were abandoned.  So abandoned that she could hear her head pound, like little hands clamoring to escape prison.  On a nearby bench, she saw an afternoon paper—the crossword halfway complete—and she sat next to it, grateful for its lifeless company.  The wind blew and sent the leaves swirling and brushing up against her boney, exposed ankles. She tightened the scarf around her neck and pulled it up so that her mouth was covered, looked at her watch, and waited.  Waited. Waited.  When she finally saw him through the harsh darkness, she was too tired to get up.

What is a park in the winter at night?


Identify the figurative language

The big, juicy burger with its melted cheese, red tomatoes, and green leaf lettuce. Topped with ketchup, mustard and Mayo made my mouth water and my stomach grumble.

What is Imagery

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