Literary Terms and Definitions E Literary Terms and Definitions: E This page is under perpetual construction! It was last updated 14 March, 2014. This list is meant to assist, not intimidate. Use it as a touchstone for important concepts and vocabulary that we will cover during the term.
Magic realism Magic realism or magical realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. Although it is most commonly used as a literary genre, magic realism also applies to film and the visual arts. One example of magic realism occurs when a character in the story continues to be alive beyond the normal length of life and this is subtly depicted by the character being present throughout many generations. On the surface the story has no clear magical attributes and everything is conveyed in a real setting, but such a character breaks the rules of our real world. The author may give precise details of the real world such as the date of birth of a reference character and the army recruitment age, but such facts help to define an age for the fantastic character of the story that would turn out to be an abnormal occurrence like someone living for two hundred years.
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Malala film inspires teenagers - BBC School Report Image copyright PA BBC News School Reporters say watching the new documentary film He Named Me Malala has inspired them to work harder at their studies. The story of the Pakistani schoolgirl, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for defending her right to an education, shocked the world. Teaching Activities for Diction: Using Connotation and Denotation to Improve Word Choice & Convey the Proper Tone written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 1/17/2012 Masters of words don't just understand the difference between connotation and denotation, they know how to use connotation for improved diction in their writing. After teaching students how to create lively characters, convert telling sentences into showing ones, and how to write dialogue, I felt good about myself... until I read their next assignment and realized they didn't understand the difference between connotation and denotation.
Rhetorical Tropes Metonymy -- using a vaguely suggestive, physical object to embody a more general idea: CROWN for royalty; the PEN is mightier than the SWORD. "If we cannot strike offenders in the heart, let us strike them in the wallet." We use metonymy in everyday speech when we refer to the entire movie-making industry as a mere suburb of L.A., "Hollywood," or when we refer to the collective decisions of the United States government as "Washington," or the "White House." Synecdoche -- using a part of a physical object to represent the whole object: "Twenty eyes watched our every move" (i.e., ten people watched our every move). "A hungry stomach has no ears" (La Fontaine). STUDENT JOURNALISM - The Learning Network Blog Courtesy of Blue Devil HUB Video taken by Anna Sturla, a high school journalist, of the U.C. Davis chancellor’s “silent walk” amid student protesters in the aftermath of the pepper spray incident. Dec. 6 1:05 p.m. | Updated
Review: Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy 80pp, Picador, £12.99 Carol Ann Duffy likes the play of words. The truths of her scripture may be drawn from female experience, but she prefers games to gospel, her stories are closer to surreal cartoon than fairytale, and all are told with the pace of a quick-cutting TV ad, collapsing whole narratives into a couple of lines: wanted a wedding, a wedding dress, groom Married him, wanted a honeymoon, went on one...
10 Ways to Develop Expository Writing Skills With The New York Times Have you been knocking your head against the proverbial wall trying to teach – or learn – expository writing skills? New York Times models can help writers learn how to write an expository essay that is compelling, convincing and authoritative as well as engaging to read – not to mention authentic. Try a fresh approach with these 10 tips. 1. Ditch the five-paragraph essay and embrace authentic essay structure. New York Times news and feature articles are excellent models for structure, including transitions and organization. Refreshed review of Outlinely — a new outliner for Mac [Due to the major hash I made of my previous review of Outlinely, I have decided to start over with a (mostly) new review.] Thanks to the eagle-eye of one of the folks over at outlinersoftware.com, I was recently made aware of a new outlining application for Mac known as Outlinely (requires OS 10.8 or higher). Aside from the name, there is a lot to like about this nifty little app. The introductory price of $5 makes it a real bargain. If this application were for Windows, it would instantly be one of the top outliners on that platform — which, admittedly, is more of a commentary of outliners for Windows than accolades for Outlinely.
A Little Fable—Franz Kafka—Flash Fiction Online Franz Kafka Franz Kafka in 1906. Artwork : This picture is in the public domain. “Alas,” said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day.