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Academic Vocabulary

Words to know in ELA

TermDefinition
theme the lesson learned in a story
author's purpose the reason a person writes...to inform, to entertain, or to persuade
central idea what an article/passage is mainly about. This is clearly what the author wants us to understand about his/her writing.
context clues hints the author gives to help define a difficult or unusual words within the text
prose written work made up of sentences/paragraphs
poetry written work which consists of lines and stanzas
text structure how the author ORGANIZED his/her text such as sequence of events, cause and effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution.
point of view Point of view is the angle of considering things, which shows us the opinion or feelings of the individuals involved in a situation.
summary a shortened version of a text that highlights its key points SWBST
annotate to make notes so that we can better comprehend what we read..,notice, make connections, question, define unfamiliar terms
figurative language used to describe someone or something by comparing to another, or using words for description that do not have a literal meaning. Such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, etc...
simile comparing of one thing to another thing using the words like or as
metaphor a direct comparison of 2 unlike things (uses "is" or "was")
personification an object is described to have life like qualities of a person or animal
onomatopoeia a word which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described
Created by: ELA6
 

 



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