Fiction Essay Vocab List

A list of possible fiction essay vocab terms. Remember, you’re tasked with using at least two of these twice each in order to fulfill the expectation. In using your chosen term, you just have to include it within your language, no need to define the term (but that is okay as well).

Plot arc
Exposition (expositional dialogue; expositional content)
In media res
Character Motivation
Internal conflict
External conflict
Main character
Round character / Dynamic character
Flat character / Static character
Geographic setting
Historical setting
Physical setting
Symbolism (symbol; symbolic)
Parallel (parallel meaning; parallel conflict)
Narrative point of view
Point of View
First-person POV
Third-person POV
Third-person general
Third-person limited
Third-person omniscient


Mental Health Services

The internet is riddled with mental health resources, but Googling and searching for something that speaks to you and feels safe isn’t helpful when you’re in the middle of an emergency. If you’re currently experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact JED Foundation ASAP, and if you’re on campus, you have access the IVCC Personal Counseling Assistance Program (P-CAP) that provides confidential and professional counseling assistance to enrolled students in emergency situations. Counselors are professionally trained in mental health, personal development and relationship issues and can provide immediate, short-term assistance.

Get Help from JED Foundation Right Now:

Text “START” to 741-741
or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health. @JEDfoundation on Twitter.


IVCC Counseling Services

Located in CTC-202, the mission of the IVCC Counseling and Advising Center is to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and EMPOWER. Students have access to academic advising, career planning, and transfer services. Schedule an appointment for semester schedules, program review, or course sequences. Whether you plan to transfer to a university, complete a career program, or dual-enroll as a high school student, working with counselors can keep you from taking unnecessary classes (*ah-hem* spending unnecessary money) or lose credits when transferring.

Enrolled students can also access the IVCC Personal Counseling Assistance Program (P-CAP) in times of emergency.

About P-CAP: “In the event you are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation when you are on campus, you will be given priority attention. Please come to the Counseling Center in CTC-202 or call 815-224-0361 or 815-224-0324When calling or visiting, be sure to indicate that you need to speak to a counselor about a personal and urgent issue so that you can be given first priority.”

Counselors are professionally trained in mental health, personal development and relationship issues and can provide immediate, short-term assistance. Referrals may be made to community agencies, medical services or public assistance for continued services. IVCC does not provide long-term counseling services.

Some of there other resources and services include Project Success, a Department of Education funded program devoted to empowering students and promoting success, student retention, and graduation. You may qualify if you’re a first-generation college student, a low-income student, or a student with a disability: qualifications and more information.


Building an MLA Works Cited Page

Here is a list of core elements required in the eight edition MLA style guidelines (from the IVCC Stylebook) as well citation resource links, citation generation links, and a sample works cited page.

Core Elements of Work Cited Entries 

Click the name of the core element for more information on it.
1.    Author.
2.    Title of source.
3.    Title of container,
4.    Other contributors,
5.    Version,
6.    Number,
7.    Publisher,
8.    Publication date,
9.    Location.

Sample Works Cited Page, from IVCC Stylebook

MLA Works Cited Page Resources

IVCC Stylebook Works Cited Page link, includes examples and links to core elements
Jacob’s Library citation page

Purdue OWL Writing Lab Works Cited page
IVCC MLA 8th Edition PowerPoint

Citation Generation Tools

How to Summarize a Short Story’s Plot

When summarizing the majority or entire plot of a story, oftentimes appearing in the introduction of a literary analysis, it’s not necessary to include parenthetical documentation after each sentence. Instead, one should reference the author name and story title early in the paragraph, and then reference the author name a few more times during the summary. That ensures that readers are keenly aware that the writer is using a summary of the stated story written by the stated author.

Here’s a link to the IVCC Stylebook page that further explains MLA style summary and paraphrase citations.

Some aspects of the below example are misrepresented in order to provide a better example for the scenario of an ENG 1002 essay.

Plot Summary Example (no parenthetical documentation:

Written by Jennifer Lee, “Frozen is a short story about two sisters struggling to connect despite a childhood secret that is keeping them apart. Lee creates a symbolic setting for the sisters, a castle where both are isolated from loving connection, but only Elsa understands the true reason for their isolation. Ana eventually helps Elsa learn that love is more powerful than magical power, and Ana is rewarded with the sisterly connection she had been seeking for so long. Lee’s characters are royals in a magical, fairy-tale world, but their emotional disconnect from each other can be a stand-in for the emotional barrier social media places between the social interactions of modern individuals.

Notice how continued use of the author name keeps this summary from being considered plagiarism. And with a full plot-summary, most instructors don’t expect you to include the page numbers. If, however, you’re summarizing a short section, pages number may be necessary.

Narrative Illustration Essay

While finalizing your Essay 1 assignments over the long President’s Day weekend, #lee0900, here are what should be the most useful resources all in one non-Blackboard place:

Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable assignment sheet: write a 5-paragraph narrative illustration essay that defines your personal “musical nostalgia.” Use the following topics and order options for the body paragraphs:

  • Body paragraph 1: illustrates and describes the music.
  • Body paragraph 2: illustrates a vivid memory about the music.
  • Body paragraph 3: describes 1-2 favorite songs.
  • Body paragraph 2 & 3 topics can be swapped if necessary.

SPRING 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due Wed. Feb. 15
  • Final Draft due Wed. Feb. 22 (typed/printed & uploaded)

Grammar and Writing Resources

General Grammar Resource
Comma Resource: Sentence Punctuation Patterns
Quick Comma Guide
General Punctuation Resource
Transitional Words and Phrases
Thesaurus for word choice variety
Related Textbook chapters:

  • “Elements of a Sentence” S-1 pg. 252
  • “Sentence Fragments” S-2 pg. 255
  • “Commas” P-1 pg. 324
  • “Semicolons” P-2 pg. 330


Grading Resources & Expectations

IVCC English Department Grading Standards
Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments