Idea Vocab

Honors English 1


Definition: a scene set in a time earlier than the main story

Sentence: Flashback are used in tv shows to show a story the relates to the actually story.

Example: "Remember when we first moved into this house."


Definition: a hint about what is going to happen later in a story

Sentence: In the Scarlet ibis the scarlet ibis foreshadows what eventually happens to Doodle.

Example: The Scarlet Ibis


Definition: a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant

Sentence: Euphemisms are put in place of a mean word.

Example: People are not poor they'e just economically disadvantaged.


Definition: the use of an object to represent not only itself, but also something deeper

Sentence: A 3 leaf clover is a symbol because it represents the Irish.

Example: 3 leaf clover


Definition: visually descriptive or figurative language; the senses are used to create an image in a reader’s mind

Sentence: Imagery is reading something and actually feeling, hearing, tasting, seeing, or smelling it.

Example: The taste of the cold ice cream with hot chocolate sauce spread all over your tastebuds with deliciousness. This makes you taste the ice cream with chocolate sauce.


Definition: the way that the reader feels throughout the story

Sentence: When I read The Scarlet Ibis my mood becomes sad because Doodle dies in the end.

Example: being sad is a mood


Definition: The way in which the author organizes a piece of literature

Sentence: The author structures this story well.

Example: Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.


Definition: a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning

Sentence: I made and inference when I decided Mrs. Shears was upset about her doting dying when she came outside cussing in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Example: "I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain." I infer he is upset because he is crying and his brother has just died.


Definition: an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning

Sentence: Childish is a connotation is makes someone feel immature.

Example: Crippled or handicap can give off a negative connotation


Definition: the dictionary definition or literal meaning of a word

Sentence: Denotation tells what the a word means>

Example: Red-of a color at the end of the spectrum next to orange and opposite violet, as of blood, fire, or rubies