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Literature Reading Techniques

Subject : soft-skills
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1. 'You should know what these terms mean - but more importantly - you should be able to recognize them in use within a given text.'

2. Words spoken aloud by a character to himself - the audience - or another character.

3. Saying one thing and meaning another. When an outcome is unexpected by either a character or the audience.

4. A story that occurs within another story.

5. I could smell the newly mowed lawn - hear the birds chirping - and see the budding leaves. Spring is here!

6. 'He met his Waterloo.'

7. The voice of the poem or literary piece (not necessarily the author)

8. Interrupted action of a work with the action of previous events.

9. Hamlet - Othello - Macbeth - Willie Loman - Ethan Frome - etc.

10. While the student was inside the school learning - his mother was inside the home cleaning.

11. A work that reveals a critical attitude toward some element of human behavior by portraying it in an extreme way. It doesn't simply abuse (as in invective) or get personal (as in sarcasm). It targets groups or large concepts rather than individuals

12. Scary Movie and Weird Al's songs.

13. 'sweet sorrow' 'cold fire'

14. 'He loved swimming - hiking - and fishing all summer long.'

15. The clouds danced in the sky.

16. I love to sing - in the spring.

17. American Flag - hearts - wedding rings - etc.

18. Kevin and Max in Freak the Mighty. One is the brain - the other is the braun.

19. Perspective from which the story is told.

20. The tortoise and the hare

21. The doctor wrote me a subscription for some medication.

22. 'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.'

23. 'What is one supposed to do?'

24. 'y'all' - 'ayah' - 'sho - there's ticks a-plenty' - 'thou hast'

25. Iambic pentameter is used in sonnets - dactyl - trochee - etc.

26. 'That's nice.' 'Smart as a whip.' 'Smelling like a rose.'

27. As a fish takes to water - you will take to literary analysis.

28. A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur.

29. Things left completely unsaid; unknowns.

30. Tells the story. May be main or minor character - reliable or unreliable.

31. The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

32. A subordinate plot in a play - novel - or similar work.

33. 'The shot heard 'round the world'

34. 'As I fell down the stairs headfirst - I heard her say - 'Look at that coordination!''

35. 'Sink or swim'

36. Chetah is to fast - as is turtle is to slow

37. The way one acts - speaks - thinkgs - are dressed - etc.

38. 'Much madness is divinest sense.'

39. 'I could probably manage to survive on a salary of two million dollars per year.'

40. The horse and buggy trotted along the dusty - dirt road.

41. Romance - historical - bildungsroman - etc.

42. Author takes on an identity other than his own.

43. 'I understand that not everyone likes summer assignments - since I have summer work to do too.'

44. 'Life is perfect - and all things are wonderful.'

45. Teaching students in today's face-paced world is difficult.

46. I pity those people who lost his or her job during the recession.

47. 'She is a rock'

48. A narrative technique that records a character's internal flow of thoughts - memories - and ideas

49. 'house' verse 'home' --one has a more positive value than the other

50. Simple - complex - inverted order - etc. (arrangement of words in grammatical elements)