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Types of Writing Vocabulary

Genrespecifies the types or categories into which literary works are grouped.
Titlethe identifying name or heading of a book, play, film, work of art, or document
Structurethe organization of a piece of writing
Stylea writer's typical use of formality, figurative language, rhythm, grammatical patterns, etc
Thesisan attitude or position a writer or speaker attempts to prove or support
Anthologya collection of literary selections
Allegorya story that has two levels of meaning
Fictionwriting created from the author's imagination
Folklorethe traditional beliefs, legends, sayings, customs, etc of a people
Folktalea story that is handed down among the people of a region
Historical fictiona fictional work related to history
Realistic fictiona work set in the real world
Science fictionwriting that tells about imaginary events that involve science or technology
Nonfictionwriting about real people, things, places and ideas
Novela work of fiction which focuses on several ideas and is much longer and more complex than a short story
Lampoona piece of strongly satirical writing
Memoiran account of experiences that the writer has lived through
Farcean exaggerated comedy
Expository Essayexplains or informs.
Persuasive Essaytries to convince readers to do something or to accept the writer's point-of-view
Essayshort nonfiction work about one subject
Descriptive Essaythe writer uses images that appeal to the five senses to create a vivid picture or a person
Fablea brief story, usually with animal charactrs that teachers a lesson about human nature
Fairy Talea type of children's story in which magic plays a central role
Fantasya highly imaginative writing that contains elements not found in real life
Documentarypresents facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter
Mythan anonymous, traditional story which attempts to explain the meaning of a natural phenomena
Parablea short narrative designed to convey a moral truth
Parodyia form of literature intended to mock a particular literary work or its style
Editoriala newspaper or magazine article that gives opinions of the writer
Autobiographya work of non-fiction in which a person write his or her own story
Biographya work of non-fiction in which the story of a real person's life is written by someone other than the subject
Short Storya story which varies in length and usually develops a single central theme or impression and is limited in scope and number of characters
Anecdotea brief story told to entertain or to make a point
Alliterationthe practice of beginning several consecutive or neighboring words with the same sound
Allusiona reference to a mythologica, literary, or historical person, place or thing with which the reader is assumed to be familiar
Anachronismanything existing or happening at other than its proper or historical time
Analogya comparison of something familiar with something unfamiliar to explain or clarify the unknown
Aphorisma wise and witty saying
Apostrophea form of personification in which the absent or dead are spoken to as if present and the inanimate
Archetypean image, MOTIF, or thematic pattern that has recurred regularly in history, literature or folkways
Tragedyportrays a hero as a person of significance with admirable qualities we respect whose life ends in torture or death

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