IDEA terms


a scene set in a time earlier than the main story
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In Switched at Birth there is a scene where Daphne has a flashback of when here and Regina were sitting on the steps shortly after she went deaf.


a hint about what is going to happen later in a story
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In Scarlet Ibis the first paragraph portrays the feeling that someone is gonna die, which happens in the end of the story.


a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant.
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Whenever someone says "passed away" instead of "died"


the particular way in which a writer uses language; created through diction (word choice) or figurative language
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In Scarlet Ibis the author used a more sad type of style and used many forms of figurative language.


the way in which the author organizes a piece of literature
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Whenever an author uses things like description, Cause and Effect, comparison/contrast, Order/Sequence, and problem-solution.


a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.
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In Scarlet Ibis you had to make an inference to realize how the boy and bird related and the symbolism.


comparing two things using "like" or "as"
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The tattoo hurt like nails piercing my skin.


comparing two things without using “like” or “as”

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The assignment was a breeze.


giving human characteristics to inanimate objects

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making a sun be able to talk


a reference to a statement, person, place, or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science, or pop culture

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Hey! Guess who the Newton of our school is? "Newton" , means a genius student, alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton


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

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On a starry winter night in Portugal