7th Grade Summer Vocabulary List

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A flashcard set made as a study tool for my 7th grade summer vocabulary list. By Johnathan Starling.

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

antagonist

the character who works against the protagonist in the story

antonym

two words that express opposing concepts

autobiography

An account of the writer's own life

biography

an account of the series of events making up a person's life

conflict

opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)

context

discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation

diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words

excerpt

a passage selected from a larger work

fact

a concept whose truth can be proved

fiction

a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

flashback

a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story

foreshadowing

the act of providing vague advance indications

genre

a kind of literary or artistic work

inference

the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation

main idea

what a piece of writing is mainly about

metaphor

a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

moral

concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles

narrative

consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story

narrator

someone who tells a story

nonfiction

writing that tells about real people, places, and events

onomatopoeia

using words that imitate the sound they denote

opinion

a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

personification

A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes

plot

the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.

point-of-view

the relationship of the narrator to the story

protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

rhyme

be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable

setting

the context and environment in which something is set

sequence

the action of following in order

simile

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')

suspense

excited anticipation of an approaching climax

synonym

two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

theme

a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

thesis statement

a statement or sentence that states the purpose of a paper or essay

bibliography

the written list of all the sources used in a report or book

annotation

a critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for a literary work

primary source

text that tells a first-hand account of an event; original works used when researching (letters, journals)

secondary source

information gathered by someone who did not take part in or witness an event

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