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Common Core ELA Vocabulary Terms

ELA CCLS Vocabulary Words
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gist
The main or central idea; what the selection is mostly about.
plot
The series of related events that make up a story.
theme
The main message, lesson or statement about life in the story.
conflict
The problem or problems characters face in a literary work.
summarizing
Describing the main idea and important details of a passage using your own words.
details
Pieces of information that support or tell more about the main idea.
inference
A conclusion not directly provided by evidence, but able to be drawn from the facts at hand.
evidence
Supporting materials used to prove or disprove something.
analyzing
examining something in great detail in order to understand it better or discover more about it
metaphor
A direct comparison between two things that are not alike (usually using "is" or "was"). Ex. Joe is freezing.
context
The parts before or after a word or statement that influence its meaning.
figure of speech
word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level
trait
A quality or characteristic (especially of personality); a distinguishing feature.
structure
patterns of organization within a poem or literary work
chronological order
arranged in order of time-what happens first, next, last
point of view
the perspective, or vantage point, from which a story is told
setting
where and when the story takes place
narrator
the person telling the story
opinion
a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
mood
atmosphere; feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
stanza
a group of lines in a poem; a paragraph in a poem
reflects
shows
conveys
to get a point across or to show
primarily
mainly
support
back up with details
claim
A statement or assertion that is open to challenge and that requires support
simile
A comparison using like or as
personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
idiom
An accepted phrase or expression having a meaning different from the literal. Ex) Butterflies in my stomach
onomatopeia
Figure of speech where words are used to represent sounds. Ex) Meow, Woof, Bam
alliteration
Repetition of sounds at the beginning of words. Ex) Tangy tangerine tasted too tart.
hyperbole
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor.
anecdote
A brief story or tale told by a character in a piece of literature.
significance
A part of the story that is important.
climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
compare
How things are alike; similarities
contrast
Differences between things.
elaborate
To explain in greater detail.
dialogue
Conversation between characters

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