Most important or central thought of the text
Central Idea
An arguable statement used as a primary point to support or prove an author's point of view
Claim
Proof that comes from a written piece
Textual Evidence
The manner in which a story is narrated or depicted and who it is that tells the story
Point of View
The step by step process that an author uses to introduce and describe a character
Characterization
A thought process a reader makes to understand the meaning of a text, or even an image (educated guess)
Inference
To examine critically in order to discuss or interpret meaning
Analysis
An underlying meaning of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly; an enduring pattern
Theme
Hints that an author gives to help define a difficult or unusual word; may appear within the same sentence as the word or it may follow in a preceding sentence
Context Clue
Directly relating to the subject or problem being discussed
Relevant
Providing as much as is needed for the purpose
Sufficient
Words or phrases that help a writer connect one idea to another so a reader can follow the writer's thinking
Transitions
An idea or feeling implied by a word, beyond the literal meaning - can be negative, positive, or neutral
Connotative
Showing that you understand what a text, situation or person is really like
Insightful

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