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Content Vocabulary

Language arts

TermDefinition
thesis statement that gives the main idea or focus of an essay
complex sentence a sentence that contains two independent clause and a dependent clause joined by a subordinating conjunction
compound sentence a sentence that contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or a semicolon
dependent clause a clause that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence because it does not express a complete thought
fragment an incomplete sentence that is missing a subject, predicate, and/or a complete thought
independent clause a clause that contains a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a sentence
run-on sentence two sentences that are not separated by a period or joined with a conjunction or semicolon
coordinating conjunction a conjunction used to join words, phrases, or independent clauses in compound sentence
subordinating conjunction a conjunction that joins a dependent clause to the independent clause in a sentence
mood the overall feeling the story creates for the reader
situational irony when what happens in a story is the opposite of what is expected
verbal irony the use of words to convey a meaning that is opposite of its literal meaning (sarcasm)
allusion a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or from another source
tone the voice a writer uses to create mood in a piece of writing
symbolism using one thing to represent something else
outline a plan for organizing your writing
writing process the steps a writer uses to complete a piece of writing
transitions words, phrases, or sentences that connect one topic or idea to another
conventions the correct use of capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling
simple sentence a sentence with only one independent clause
inferred theme a theme that is not directly stated in the text
analogy to compare two things for the purpose of explinations
analyze to break apart in order to study a concept more in depth
synthesize to combine different parts or ideas in order to come up with a new idea or theory
cite to give credit to the original source
inference using observation and background knowledge to reach a logical conclusion
textual evidence verifiable proof that is taken directly from the text to support an answer
narrative writing writing that tells a story
persuasive writing writing that tries to convince the reader that his/her opinion is correct
expository writing nonfiction writing that presents factual information
conventions the correct use of capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling
works cited a list of sources used in research
Created by: SSC 8th LA
 

 



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