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Arts and Humanities
ACADEMIC ELA WORDS & CONCEPTS 20-21
These are all the academic words and concepts you have been exposed to all year. By practicing vocabulary repetitiously, not only do we have enhance our reading abilities, but strengthen our writing.
Terms in this set (56)
the protective of God or destiny
to ask for information
point of view/ the way you see and interpret something
A category of writing that has a particular form, style, or content
the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history
to think about carefully
to restate in your own words
relating to family members from earlier generations
a poem that uses letters in the topic to begin each line and each line should relate to or describe the poem's topic
The first part of Freytag's Dramatic Arc, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
The exposition ends with the inciting moment, which is the one incident in the story without which there would be no story. The inciting moment sets the rest of the story in motion.
A series of events that builds from the conflict. It begins with the inciting force and ends with the climax.
the turning point of the story when everything changes; Sometimes it is the most exciting, but it does not have to be. It is when the characters will not be the same due to the event.
the conflict unravels with the main character either winning or losing. The falling action might contain a moment of final suspense, during which the final outcome of the conflict is in doubt.
the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.
the main character in a literary work
The creator of Freytag's Dramatic Arc aka Pyramid, which is used to show how stories move; it is a graphic plot chart. Sometimes a story can be more complicated than Freytag's pyramid, but most stories fit perfectly into the pyramid.
the tension, issue, tension and/or clash between two opposing forces that creates the narrative thread for a story; when the main character struggles with either an external conflict or an internal conflict. There are 5* that can exist in a story, but usually a central (main) one that drives the story.
to take notes, while reading. It is important to be present and active in this process.
the greeting of a letter or e-mail
your name written in your own handwriting and/or the final part of typed e-mail or letter
the title that identifies the emails intent; this should employ capitalization, as it is like a title.
a tense expressing an action that is currently going on; this tense is used when responding to literature aka discussing and/or writing about a literary work. Examples: is, says, speaks, etc.
state (something) again or differently, especially in order to correct or to make more clear or convincing. For example, when asked a question, you should restate the prompt in the form of a clear answer using academic vocabulary from the question.
something that makes someone feel less disappointed or less sad
prepared and used for growing crops
to great or vast extent
having and showing good judgment and sense
a slender animal noted for its ability to kill poisonous snakes.
a message conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event
characteristics or features like a human
hints in the surrounding text that a reader can use to infer the meaning of an unfamiliar word
Definition (Context Clue Strategy)
an explanation of the word's meaning before or after the word appears, usually set off by a comma
Example (Context Clue Strategy)
one or more examples in a text that may demonstrate the meaning of a word
Comparison (Context Clue Strategy)
determining a word's meaning based on how it is like something else in the text
Contrast (Context Clue)
determining a word's meaning based on how it is unlike something else in the text
Cause-and-effect (Context Clues)
the use of the word as the result of something else that happens in the text
The Butterfly Effect
AKA Chaos Theory; states that small changes, have larger impacts from people's actions to natural disasters.
The first part and paragraph of an essay; the top bun metaphorically.
The middle part and paragraph(s) of an essay; the meat metaphorically.
The last part and paragraph of an essay; the bottom bun metaphorically.
last introductory sentence of an essay; states the subject, direction, and reasons in an essay when constructing a response to literature.
last introductory sentence of an essay; states the subject, direction, and reasons in an essay when constructing an argument.
formal, objective tone
Using academic vocab., third person point of view, and present tense when writing formally.
a brief work with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel
Literary device/writing technique; Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
Literary device/writing technique; when a writer isolates (puts a line/sentence) by itself to create emphasis
Literary device/writing technique; Visually descriptive that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste); paints an image* in the reader's mind
Literary device/writing technique; Conversation between two or more characters
Used in formal writing and MLA; Identifying a part of a piece of writing as being derived from a source using quotation marks and giving credit to the author in parenthesis.
Used in formal writing and MLA; this tells the teacher your name, class, instructor, and date
Regarding MLA Format: Header in upper right corner of page one that provides your last name and page number
The MLA Font and Size for Formal Essay
Times New Roman 12 point font
verb that tells something that is happening now; example: Dena LAUGHS at the jokes.
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