Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Literary Journal Prequel

Is American storytelling dead? I asked myself this question scrolling through my vast network viewing options during the snow storm that shut our city down last week.  We've become a nation of sequels. Do we really need Lethal Weapon and Training Day the television show?  Of course not.   But since the best thing I watched this year was a prequel to a movie from my boyhood, I thought I'd share my daughter's "prequel" to their learning the Story of the World.  It took a year to accomplish, but almost every night over the course of fifty weeks, we sat at the kitchen table in Taiwan and studied and journaled about Literary Terms while reading Lord of the Flies, Romeo & Juliet, the Hobbit, all the Harry Potter books and Oliver Twist, among other novels.  Talking with my daughters now, laughing at the richness of our conversations, I'm so grateful that I had this plan.  Here's the list, the journals will remain private.  
1. Literary Term
2. Literature
3. Author
4. Title
5. Fiction / Nonfiction
6. Character
7. Protagonist / Antagonist
8. Conflict
9. Internal / External Conflict
10. Plot

Writing Reflection 1:  Characterization
11. Exposition
12. Rising Action
13. Climax
14. Falling Action
15. Resolution
16. Plot Map
17. Subject
18. Theme
19. Genre

Writing Reflection 2:  Plot Summary
20. Nursery Rhyme
21. Fable
22. Fairy Tale
23. Folklore
24. Myth
25. Epic
26. Legend
27. Tall Tale
28. Fantasy
29. Adventure
30. Mystery

Writing Reflection 3: Book Report
31. Science Fiction
32. Romance
33. Horror
34. Historical Fiction
35. Thriller
36. Slapstick
37. Anime
38. Graphic Novel

Writing Reflection 4: Personal Narrative
39. Literary Analysis
40. Foreshadowing
41. Symbolism
42. Suspense
43. Mood
44. Irony
45. Drama
46. Tragedy
47. Comedy
48. Hero
49. Tragic Hero
50. Hero's Journey

Writing Reflection 5:  Expository Thesis
51. Tragic Fault
52. Dramatic Monologue
53. Narrator / P.O.V.
54. Author's Purpose
55.  Satire
56. Parody
57. Allegory
58. Picaresque 
59.  Bildungsroman
60. Dystopia

Writing Reflection 6: Essay that Defines a Process
61. Poetry
62. Rhythm
63. Meter
64. Rhyme
65. Repetition
66. Stanza
67. Imagery
68. Figurative Language
69. Metaphor
70. Simile
71. Personification
72. Hyperbole
73. Alliteration
74. Assonance
75. Onomatopoeia

Writing Reflection 7: Collection of Imagery / Sense Poems
76. Critical Thinking
77. Context Clues
78. Higher-Order Thinking
79. Bloom's Taxonomy

Writing Reflection 8:  Research Essay with Work's Cited
80. Literal Thinking
81. Inferential Thinking
82. Details
84. Experiential Thinking
85. Evaluative Thinking
86. Facts
87. Opinions
88. Summarizing
89. Paraphrasing
90. Transition Words

Writing Reflection 9: Personal Reflection Essay
91. Sequencing
92. Generalizing
93. Predicting
94. Concluding
95. Classifying / Categorizing
96. Compare / Contrasting
97. Cause & Effect
98. Analogies
99. Rhetoric
100. Persuasion

Writing Reflection 10: Persuasion Essay

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