ELA Terms To Know

By Natalia Otero

Connotation & Denotation

- Denotation is a dictionary definition.


- Connotation are your feelings or your thoughts.

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Point of View

- First Person: a point of view (who is telling a story) where the story is narrated by one character at a time.

- Second person: a narrative mode in which the protagonist or another main character is referred to by second-person personal pronouns and other kinds of addressing forms, for example the English second-person pronoun "you."

- Third Person Limited: a inside the hearts and heads of the characters, exposing their thoughts and/or feelings.

- Third Person Omniscient: where the narrator knows all the thoughts, actions, and feelings of all characters. The author may move from character to character to show how each one contributes to the plot.

Simile and Metaphor

- Simile: a figure of Speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared

Example: "She is like a rose"


- Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a term or phase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance

Example: " A mighty fortress is our God"

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Types of Poetry

- Lyric: these types of poems have musical rhythm, and their topics mostly express of their feelings.

- Epic: a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds.

- Narrative: tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well.

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Commonplace Assertion, Opinion, Fact

- Commonplace Assertion: ordinary; undistinguished or uninteresting; without individuality

- Opinion: someones view, or judgement

- Fact: a thing that is indisputably the case.

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