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Diction- the writer’s choice of words; an important element in the writer’s voice or style. Good writers choose their carefully to convey a particular meaning or feeling.

Tall tale- the central message of a story, poem, novel, or play that readers can apply to life. Some works have a stated theme, which is expressed directly. More commonly, works have implied theme, which is revealed gradually.

Suspense-A feeling of curiosity, uncertainly, or even dread about what is going to happen next.

Myth- a traditional story of anonymous origin that deals with goddesses, god, heroes and supernatural events.

Legend- a traditional story handed down from the past and believed to be based on historical events and an actual hero.

Fable- A short story, usually simple tale that teaches a moral and sometimes uses animals characters.

Folklore-The traditional beliefs, customs, stories, songs, and dances of a culture. Folklore is passed down through oral tradition and is based in the concerns of ordinary people.

Epic- a long narrative poem that traces the adventures of a larger-life hero.

Mood- the emotional quality or atmosphere of a story.


Parable- a simple story pointing to a moral or religious lesson. A parable differs from a fable in that its characters are usually people rather than animals.