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					Short Story: Terms to Know
Short Story: Genre: Setting: Theme: Conflict: Plot: Exposition: Rising Action: Climax: Falling Action: Resolution: Character: Round/Dynamic:


Protagonist: Antagonist: Characterization: Irony: Foreshadowing: Suspense: Point of View: Symbolism: Style: Tone:

Short Story: Terms to Know (Answers)
Short Story: A brief work of fiction that can be read in a relatively short period of time. Genre: A category or type of literature Setting: The time and place of the story. Theme: The main message or lesson of the story. Conflict: External or Internal. A problem in the story. Plot: The series of events in a story Exposition: The beginning of the story where the setting and characters are introduced Rising Action: The building events of the story that introduce some kind of conflict. Climax: The most pivotal point in the story where the conflict is at its peak. Falling Action: The events that start to wrap up the story. Resolution: The conflict is completely wrapped up and the story ends. Character: A person (or animal) that is involved in the story. Round/Dynamic: A character that changes a lot throughout the story and one that we know different aspects of their personality. Flat/Static: A character that remains the same throughout the story and one that we don’t know much about their personality. Protagonist: The main character in the story who is in the center of the conflict. Antagonist: A character or group of characters who oppose the protagonist. Characterization: When an author describes characters through their actions, speech, and thoughts. Irony: When one event or action is expected, but the opposite is received. Foreshadowing: A hint or clue that the author gives as to what will happen in the future of the story. Suspense: Anticipation about what is going to happen next. Point of View: The perspective from which the story is told. Symbolism: When an object represents something abstract. Style: The features of the language that an author uses to create different impressions. Mood: The atmosphere that an author creates through the plot, characters, and descriptions.

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Description: Worksheet for students to fill in definitions with teacher answers on the 2nd page. I find it helpful to start off a short story unit by going through all these terms so all students are on the same page.