Lesson 8: Writing Responses to Literature

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common core: W 4.1 a-d, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9 a, 4.10; L 4.1 b & c; L 4.3 c, 4.5 a & b

adage

an old familiar saying that expresses wisdom or a truth about human nature

characters

people or animals that take part in the action of a story

formal language

language used in school or business settings; words are usually carefully and accurately chosen

future progressive

a verb tense that indicates an ongoing action that will take place in the future, such as will be talking

helping verb

a verb used with another verb to indicate possibility, ability, impossibility, and necessity

idiom

a phrase that means something different from the literal, or dictionary, meaning of the words in it

linking words/phrases

words or phrases that connect ideas to make writing flow better

main idea

the most important idea in a story or article

metaphor

a kind of figurative language that compares two unlike things without using the word "like" or "as"

past progressive

a verb tense that indicates a past action that was happening while another action was taking place, such as "was talking"

present progressive

a verb tense that indicates an ongoing action in the present, such as "am talking"

progressive verb

a verb form used to express an ongoing action that doesn't have a specific end time

proverb

an old familiar saying that expresses wisdom or gives advice

response to literature

a type of writing in which the author describes and analyzes some aspect of a literary work

simile

a kind of figurative language that compares two unlike things using the word "like" or "as"

supporting details

the facts or other information an author includes to support a main idea

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