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Unit 6A Vocabulary

Adjective a word that describes a noun or a pronoun
Adverb a word that describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb and often conveys time, place, manner, and degree
Affix a word element, such as a prefix or suffix, that occurs before or after a root or base word to modify its meaning
Antonym a word that means the opposite or nearly the opposite of another word
Author’s Purpose the reason an author writes about a particular topic (e.g., to persuade, to entertain, to inform, to explain, to analyze, etc.); the reason an author includes particular details, features, or devices in a work
Character a person or thing who plays a role in a book, play, or movie
Character Traits attributes or qualities that reveal character
Compound Predicate a predicate in a sentence with two or more verb phrases
Compound Subject a complete subject in a sentence with two or more simple subjects
Conflict in literature, the opposition of persons or forces that brings about dramatic action central to the plot of a story
Contraction two words combined and shortened by omitting certain letters which are replaced with an apostrophe
Coordinating Conjunction a type of conjunction that connects words, phrases, and independent clauses of equal rank
Details ideas included or intentionally omitted by an author that contribute to his or her purpose
Dialogue the lines spoken between characters in fiction or a play. Dialogue in a play is the main way in which plot, character, and other elements are established.
Drama literary works written in a stage play format which includes dialogue and stage directions that is intended to be performed
Editing a stage in the writing process when a written text is prepared for an audience by attending to and correcting mechanics, grammar, and spelling
Evaluate to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of something
Evidence specific details or facts that support an inference or idea
Figurative Language language not intended to be taken literally but layered with meaning through the use of imagery, metaphors, and other literary devices
Genre the type or class of a work, usually categorized by form, technique, or content
Inference a logical guess made by connecting bits of information
Inflectional Ending letters that combine with a base word to express tense, number, mood, or person
Key Ideas important ideas throughout a work that support the central message, theme, tone, etc.
Literary Text written works that are generally recognized as having artistic value; Basic forms of literary text include prose fiction, drama, poetry, and literary nonfiction.
Paraphrase restate the meaning of something in different words. Paraphrasing alters the exact wording of the source and transmits its ideas or information without evaluation or interpretation.
Personal Narrative an expressive literary piece written in first person that centers on a particular event in the author’s life and may contain vivid description as well as personal commentary and observation
Plot the basic sequence of events in a story
Point of View the perspective from which the events in the story are told
Prediction a form of inference in which the reader gathers and analyzes details in order to anticipate and foresee forthcoming events and information
Pronunciation the way in which a word is spoken
Resolution the point in a literary work at which the story’s problem is worked out
Setting the time and place in which a narrative occurs. Elements of setting may include the physical, psychological, cultural or historical background against which a story takes place.
Suffix one or more letters placed after the root or base word that changes the meaning of the word
Synonym a word that means the same or nearly the same as another word
Text Evidence paraphrased or directly quoted detail(s) from a text that supports a reader’s claim, thought, inference, or analysis about the text
Text Structure the way or pattern in which an author organizes ideas within a text
Theme the central or universal idea of a literary work that often relates to morals and/or values and speaks to the human experience/condition
Topic a specific subject, idea, or issue that is the focus of a discussion, essay, article, or other work
Word Choice the author’s thoughtful use of precise vocabulary to fully convey meaning to the reader
Created by: victoriasparks



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