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5thGr-Reading Vocab

5th Grade Reading Vocabulary - for STAAR

Imagery figurative language that appeals to the reader's senses. It can describe any object, thought, or idea. Ex: A host of golden daffodils beside the sparkling lake; fluttering and dancing in the warm breeze.
Author's Purpose to persuade, inform, entertain or express (P I E E)
Haiku a three line poem that does not have to rhyme. Line one is 5 syllables. Line two is 7 syllables. Line three is 5 syllables.
Metaphor Compares two unlike things without using "like" or "as". Ex: Lucy was sunshine to her family.
Protagonist main character of a story
Personification Gives human characteristics to objects, animals, or ideas. Ex: The sun greeted me this morning.
Resolution when the problem or conflict is solved, or when the characters come to an agreement that ends the conflict.
Simile Describes by comparing two unlike things using "like" or "as". Ex: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonig to get.
Cause WHY something happens.
Effect WHAT happens
Rising Action In a story's plot are the events where the character attempts to solve the problem (struggles). It may also have events where the problem can become more complicated.
Dynamic Character they change in the story. They are well developed and described in detail.
Flat Character Seldom change in the story and are not fully developed or described.
Limerick five line poem that is often humorious. Lines 1, 2, 5 rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme.Alliteration
Allertation literary technique where beginning consonant sounds are repeated in neighboring words.
Sonnet A 14 line poem that follows a set rhyming pattern.
Onomatopoeia the use of words that sound like their meaning, or sounds. Ex: The burning wood hissed and crackland
Flashback A literary device in which an earlier event is inserted into the normal sequence of the story
Antagonist The character or force that creats the conflict or problem in the story
Hyperbole A literary technique where exaggeration is used to make a point.



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