Type
Crossword
Description

Giving life to an object or nonhuman thing. personification
Events that happen in a story. plot
The most exciting part of the plot called. climax
People or animals in a story. characters
A life lesson or moral of a story. theme
Words that describe a character. character traits
Where and when the story takes place. setting
The conflict in a story. problem
The author's attitude toward the story. tone
The reader's feeling toward the story. mood

Literary Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

literary reference to a familiar thing allusion
conflict with another character Charactervscharacter
the turning point in a story (comes after the rising action) climax
comparison of two or more similar objects analogy
author's own account of his/her own life autobiography
story of a person's life written by someone else biography
the problem; something vs. something else conflict
stretching the truth exaggeration
the begining of a story exposition
kind of writing that explains something expository
category or type (of literature) genre
the lesson of a story theme
person telling the story narrator
words or phrases that convey the opposite meaning or expected outcome irony
problem from INSIDE of a person internal conflict
main character of the story protagonist
sequence of events in a story plot
the author's attitude toward the subject of a work tone
group of lines forming a unit in a poem stanza
point of view in which the reader knows all thoughts, feelings, and actions of all the characters omnicient

Literary Elements Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Sequence of events in a story plot
where and when the story takes place setting
the people in the story characters
problem the characters are facing conflict
type of conflict within themselves internal
conflict with outside forces external
most exciting part of the story, turning point climax
central part of story that builds to turning point risingaction
events that follow the climax that lead reader to the end fallingaction
part of the story in which you know the problems are solved resolution
part of the story that takes you back to an event that already occurred in the past flashback
where the author gives you a hint as to what may happen later in the story foreshadowing
central idea or message theme
the difference between what is expected and what actually happens irony
the emotion/feeling that is the author is trying to create mood
the beginning of a plot map that sets the story and tells characters exposition

Story Element Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

the "good" guy, the main character protagonist
the "bad" guy, the character in opposition to the main character. antagonist
the author's attitude towards the topic tone
a voice outside the story narrating the events third person
the message of the story theme
where and when the story takes place setting
a character within the story tells the events first person
hints about what will happen later in a text foreshadowing
tension, uncertainty that keeps the reader reading on. suspense
the complete sequence of events which involves characters in conflict. plot
the turning point, the most exciting part of the story when the conflict is settled. climax
how the story actually ends resolution
revealing what happened in a time before the events of the story. flashback
part of the story that establishes the main character, setting, and conflict. exposition
what drives a story, opposing forces or characters against one another. conflict
the complications that get in the way of the main character solving his/her conflict. rising action
action that directly follows the climax of the story. falling action
how the story makes the reader feel mood

Story Elements Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

the problem in a story conflict
the "bad guy" in a story antagonist
the time and place a story occurs setting
the author's message to the reader theme
part of the story that introduces the characters, setting, and conflict exposition
the action in the story plot
this kind of character changes because of the story's events dynamic
the turning point of the story climax
the final end of the story resolution
the "good guy" in the story protagonist
part of the story where the author ties up loose ends falling action
a struggle in the story conflict
the kind of character that stays the same throughout the story static
the development of the story rising action
the main person, animal, or object in a story character
where and when the story takes place setting
events that lead to the end of a story falling action
this message can be stated directly or implied theme
part of story where the conflict is solved resolution
the highest point of interest in a story climax
explains the basics of a story exposition
this struggle can be internal or external conflict
the sequence of events in a story plot
one who opposes the main character antagonist
the character does not change static
an example of internal conflict Man vs. Himself

PSSA Literary Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The term for words that mean the same thing Synonyms
Pairs of words that have opposite, or nearly opposite, meanings Antonyms
The methods a writer uses to develop the personality of the character Characterization
The figurative language term for an exaggeration Hyperbole
A reference in a work of literature to a well known character, place, or situartion in history, politics, or science or from another wrok of literature, music, or art. Allusion
The point of greatest emotional intensity, interest, or suspence in a narrative; turning point Climax
The use of clues by an author to prepare readers for events that will happen in a story Foreshadowing
Language that emphasizes sensory impressions to help the reader of a literary work see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the scenes desrcibed in the work Imagery
The term for when the opposite of what is expected or said occurs Irony
The emotional quality or atmosphere of a story or poem Mood
The part of the plot in which the characters, setting, and situation are introduced Exposition
The central struggle between opposing forces in a story or drama Conflict
A prose narrative in which situations and characters are invented by the writer Fiction
Mode of writing that tells a story Narrative
The relationship of the narrator, or storyteller, to the story (1st or 3rd) Point Of View
The part of a plot that concludes the falling action by revealing or suggesting the outcome of the conflict Resolution
A figure of speech that compares or equates seeminglingy unlike things. Implies the comparison rather than stating it with "like" or "as" Metaphor
A figure of speech in which an animal, object, or idea is given human form or characteristics Personification
A figure of speech using like or as to compare seemingly unlike things Simile
The use of images to represent internal realities Symbolism
The attitude of the narrator toward the subject, ideas, theme, or characters Tone
The main idea of the story. Usually expressed asa a general statement Theme

Types of Literature and Literary Device Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

literature that is widely acknowledged as having outstanding or enduring qualities classic
a category of literature characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. genre
a type of short story that features folklore or fantasy type characters. fairy tale
a fictional story which often tells about science and technology of the future. science fiction
is a fiction story that uses magic or other supernatural elements in the plot, theme, or setting. fantasy
an attitude a writer takes toward the subject of a work, the characters in it, or the audience, revealed through diction, figurative language, and organization. tone
the spoken or written account of a story narrative
tells the who, what, when, where, and how. exposition
popular stories that convey a moral or lesson employing animals that act like humans and live in a world of wonder and magic. folktale
stories that teach a moral or lesson about life using animals with human characteristics fable
stories based on tradition or legend, which have deep symbolic meaning to convey a "truth" myth
a semi-true story that has been passed on from person to person, and has important meaning or symbolism for the culture in which it originates. legend
an exaggeration of an actual event. tall tale
genre of literature in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule. satire
a literary genre that deliberately exaggerates for comic effect. parody
a scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time. flashback
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. irony
a figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes. personification
a vantage point from which the writer tells a story. point of view
deliberately suggesting 2 or more different and sometimes conflicting meanings in a work. ambiguity
comparison made between 2 things to show how they are alike. analogy
opponent who struggles against or blocks the hero of the story. antagonist
is a word or phrase that has become lifeless because of overuse. cliche
the struggle between opposing forces or characters in a story. conflict
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the plot. foreshadowing
an atmosphere created by a writers' diction and the details selected. mood
the series of related events in a story. plot
a fixed idea or conception of a character or idea which does not allow for any individuality. stereotype

Literary Terms Crossword Puzzle (1-20)

Type
Crossword
Description

Contrast between what is expected and what actually exists Irony
Use of words whose sounds echo their meanings Onomontapeia
Comparison of two things that are basically unlike but have some qualities in common Metaphor
The voice that tells the story Narrator
Giving human qualities to an animal, object or idea Personification
Technique where a sound, word, or line is repeated for emphasis Repitition
Refers to how a writer chooses to narrate a story Point of veiw
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader Mood
Series of events in a story Plot
Writing that tells about real people, Places and events Nonfiction
A fiction where a writer explores unexpected possibilities of the past or the future, Using known scientific data in theories as well as his or her creative imagination Science Fiction
Feeling of growing tension and excitement felt by a reader Suspense
The time and place where a story takes place Setting
The Writer's unique us of language in the writer's work Voice
The main message that the writers shares with the reader Theme
Makes a comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as" Simile
The stage of the plot that develops the conflict or struggle Rising Action
expresses the writer's attitude towards his or her subject Tone
Is the repetition of sounds at the end of words Rhyme
A Rhymed pair of lines couplet

short story unit Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

normally the main character protagonist
information about characters, setting and problem exposition
person/thing in conflict with the protagonist antagonist
time and place setting
main message or big idea theme
struggle between two forces conflict
events in the story plot
when the conflict begins initial incident
body of the story that leads up to the climax rising action
turning point climax
events that wrap up the conflct falling action
ending of story conclusion
narrator is participate "I" first person
reader is participate "you" second person
watching the action happen to others third person
only seeing a small portion of information through one character limited
knowing all that is happening to all characters omniscient
what the author leads you to feel tone
comparison of two things using like or as simile
direct comparison metaphor
giving non-humans things human qualities personification
words that imitate sound onomatopoeia
hinting at things to come in the future foreshadowing
when the opposite of what you expect happens Irony
the use of an object to represent an idea or feeling symbolism
referring to an event in the characters past to reveal more information flashback

Literary Elements Crossword puzzle

Type
Crossword
Description

The class or literature compromised of imaginative works Fiction
Type class or category of literature Genre
Location or period in which the action of a novel or short story takes place; also sets the mood for of the story: often referred as atmosphere Setting
Person or animal represented in a novel or short story Character
Main character Protagonist
Character or force that opposes the main character Antagonist
Battle or struggle in novel or short story Conflict
Storyline of a novel or short story Plot
Technique a writer uses to produce a special effect in writing Literary devices
Background information on characters, setting, or conflict Exposition
Central events of the story during which various problems arise Rising action
Turning point for the protagonist; usaully the most exciting, scary, or action-filled part of the story Climax
Events needed to bring the story to an end after the climax Falling action
Point when conflict are resolved when you learn what happens to characters Resolution
Showing or indicating the outcome beforehand Foreshadowing
An interruption of the chronological sequence of an event of earlier occurrence Flashback
When the ending or conclusion of the story is unexpected to the reader Surprise Ending
A state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen Suspense
Use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different than their literal sense Symbolism
Words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation Figurative language
The perspective from which the story is told Point of view
Dominant idea or message about life; author’s message Theme
“I”, “me”, “my”, “our”, “ours”, “we”, etc. First person
“you”, “your”, “yours” Second person
“he”, “she”, “it”, “they”, “their”, characters’ name Third person

Literary Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The main idea or message of a story theme
The events of a story and how they unfold plot
The place and time in which a story happens setting
The main problem of a story conflict
The solution or outcome of the conflict resolution
An individual in a story character
The way a reader is made to feel mood
The perspective from which a story is told point of view
The way the narrator or writer feels about the situation or topic tone
An extreme exaggeration hyperbole
A comparison of two unlike objects metaphor
A comparison of two unlike objects using the words "like" or "as" simile
Giving nonliving objects human qualities personification
Words that represent sounds onomatopoeia
A group of words in a phrase that start with the same consonant sound alliteration
How a story or text is formed structure
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