I created this resource for a couple of reasons. I didn't feel most textbooks covered all the terms I think are essential for students in middle school and early high school, and I wanted students to learn these terms AS WE READ a variety of texts and experience these elements of storytelling firsthand. I have added to this glossary through the years, pushing the boundaries a bit for my high-achieving students, while keeping the essential terms clear for all students. I include the essential storytelling ingredients (plot, characterization, narrative point of view, etc.) and the literary devices that authors chose to spice up their writing (metaphors and similes, of course, but also allegory and metonymy!) Throughout the year, students update their glossary through readings, note taking during PP presentations, research, and reciprocal teaching experiences. I highly recommend this!