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common core: RI 4.9; W 4.2 a-e, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9 b, 4.10; L 4.1 d, 4.2 b & c, 4.3 a, 4.4 b, 4.6


a word that describes a noun or a pronoun


a punctuation mark used to show a pause in a sentence or to connect ideas

domain-specific vocabulary

words that have a specific meaning in a particular kind of work or field of study, such as science, history, or technology

informative text

nonfiction text in which the author presents information about a specific subject

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

precise language

words or phrases that are clear and exact

quotation marks

punctuation marks used to show someone's exact words

root word

the base, or main part, of a word

supporting details

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

text features

items such as time lines, graphs, and captions that support the ideas stated in an informative text


the subject, or main idea, of a text

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