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Unit 4 Vocabulary

Discovering Informational Text Unit

Affix a word element, such as a prefix or suffix, that occurs before or after a root or base word to modify its meaning
Audience the intended target group for a message, regardless of the medium
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
Author’s craft intentional and deliberate use of organizational patterns, text and graphic features, sentence structures, devices, and language to create an effective written work; author’s craft may vary by genre
Central idea the main point of a piece of writing
Digital text an electronic text read or heard on a computer or other electronic device that may include images, sound, video, and other multimodal interactive and embedded elements
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.
Evidence specific details or facts that support an inference or idea
Genre the type or class of a work, usually categorized by form, technique, or content
Graphic feature picture or other image within a text
Informational text a text that presents information in order to explain, clarify, and/or educate
Inquiry an act of searching for information or knowledge about a particular subject or topic
Key ideas important ideas throughout a work that support the central message, theme, tone, etc.
Multimodal text the strategic integration of two or more modes of communication to create meaning, including written and spoken texts, images, gestures, music, digital texts and media, and live performances
Organizational pattern the pattern an author constructs as he or she organizes his or her ideas and provides supporting details
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
Prefix one or more letters placed before a root or base word that changes the meaning of the word
Revising a stage in the writing process where changes are made to improve the message for an audience
Suffix one or more letters placed after the root or base word that changes the meaning of the 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
Text/print feature any characteristic of the text outside the main body of the text that helps convey meaning
Created by: megan.mcneill



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