Inference – Literary Form

inference
a judgment based on reasoning rather than on a direct or explicit statement — a conclusion based on facts or circumstances; understanding gained by “reading between the lines”

informational text
nonfiction written primarily to convey factual information (e.g., textbooks, newspapers, reports, directions, brochures, technical manuals)

interpret
to give reasons through an explanation to convey and represent the meaning or understanding of a text

irony
the use of a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or usual meaning; incongruity between the actual results of a sequence of events and the expected result

key/supporting details
points of information in a text that strongly support the meaning or tell the story — statements that define, describe, or otherwise provide information about the topic, theme, or main idea

key words
specific word choices in a text that strongly support the tone, mood, or meaning of the text

literacy device
tool used by the author to enliven and provide voice to the text (e.g., dialogue, alliteration)

literary element
an essential technique used in literature (e.g., characterization, setting, plot, theme)

literary form
the overall structure or shape of a work that frequently follows an established design — forms may refer to a literary type (narrative, short story) or to patterns of meter, lines, or rhymes (stanza, verse)