Sixth Grade Language Arts Vocabulary
Mrs. Varney's Puma Team at Mills Park Middle School, Sixth Grade Language Arts vocabulary for the whole school year 2012 - 2013
Terms in this set (104)
influence, sway, change
The repetition of repeating consonants at the beginning of words when they are in a row
A reference to a well-known person, event, place, literary work, or work of art.
To examine critically, to separate something into parts to understand how all the parts make a whole
To add critical or explanatory notes to a text
The cause of the conflict. The antagonist doesn't have to be a person
A line of reasoning; exchange of views
Assertion or Claim
A strong statement that something is true
The repetition of vowel sounds in words that are close together
Something that is believed to be true without proof
The reason that the creator made a particular work, such as to entertain, to inform, or to persuade
The true story of a person's life written by that person
True story of a person's life written by someone other than that person
Cause and Effect text structure
Text structure in which the results of something are explained
Central Idea or Main Idea
The central theme or key concept that the author wants to express
A person, animal or imaginary creature in a work of literature
A distinguishing feature or quality, a trait
The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
Chronological text structure
Text structure in which the information in the passage is organized in order of time
To quote a passage, book or author, as evidence for an argument or statement
Part of the plot in which the most exciting part of story happens
To examine two or more people or things in order to discover similarities between them.
Compare and Contrast text structure
Text structure in which two or more things are described; similarities and differences are discussed
A struggle between opposing forces
the words, phrases, or passages that come before and after a particular word or passage in a speech or piece of writing and help to explain its full meaning
to be one of the factors that causes something
to communicate or express something
A standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something. Plural is typically Criteria, and singular is typically Criterion.
Formal discussion that considers different sides of a question
a final part of a story or drama in which everything is made clear and no questions or surprises remain
The particular use of language spoken in a definite place by a distinctive group of people
Words exchanged between and among characters
Something that happens as a result of a cause. The impact a cause has on a surrounding environment.
The degree to which the main point or event is explained by specific details, descriptions, and reactions.
To determine the value or quality of given information
something that gives a sign or proof of the existence or truth of something, or that helps somebody to come to a particular conclusion
extract from a book, piece of text, film, etc...
Part of the plot that is the beginning of a story, introducing characters, setting, and the main conflict
A brief story that teaches a moral or a lesson that sometimes includes talking animals
Part of the plot in which the story is clearly winding down and reaching a conclusion
A narrative story using made up characters that is untrue
Imaginative language used for effect that is not meant to be taken literally
An interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point
A simple story that has been passed down through generations
The use of clues to prepare a reader for future development in a work of literature
Extreme exaggeration used as figurative language.
Words that appeal to the reader's senses
the powerful or dramatic effect that something or somebody has
When the meanings of words are not stated clearly in the context of the text, but rather suggested or hinted at.
To make a reasonable guess based on what you read in the text and your prior knowledge
Text that conveys information about the natural or social world
writing that conveys information accurately in order to increase readers' knowledge of a subject, to help readers better understand a procedure or process, or to provide readers with enhanced comprehension of a concept.
not enough in amount or quality to satisfy a purpose or standard
Not having some sensible or logical connection with something else such as a matter being discussed or investigated; not important
A story handed down from the past and often mixes fact and fiction
Wording that attempts to influence the listener or reader by appealing to emotion. It has strong emotional overtones or connotations, and which evoke strongly positive or negative reactions beyond their literal meaning.
Words of a song
Historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources
A comparison of two unlike things in which something is called something else
The atmosphere in a literary work or passage. The feeling the reader experiences as a result of the reading.
Traditional story about the origins or workings of the world, often with superhuman characters
A story. It can be fiction or nonfiction.
The person who tells the story
Writing that is about real people, places and things
free of any bias or prejudice caused by personal feelings
Words whose sounds suggest their meanings
A personal view, attitude, or appraisal; a belief or judgment that falls short of absolute conviction, certainty, or positive knowledge; it is a conclusion that certain facts, ideas, etc., are probably true or likely to prove so.
Order of Importance text structure
Information is expressed as a hierarchy or in priority.
Type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
The sequence of events that makes up the story
Point of view
The perspective or angle from which a story is told
Using what you already know to make a logical conclusion as to what will happen in the future
Primary Sources of Information
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented.
Problem and Solution text structure
A problem is described and a response or solution is proposed or explained
to move or push somebody or something forward, to cause something to happen
The main character in a story
Drawing conclusions through connected thought
to direct attention to, to look at briefly, to mention
Words or phrases are used more than once to add emphasis
Part of the plot in which the story concludes and loose ends are tied up
to disclose something that was unknown or secret
Repetition of sounds at the end of words
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem.
Part of the plot in which the conflict develops and suspense builds
A kind of irony that is praise which is really an insult and usually involves malice or the desire to put someone down
Writing or speech that appeals to one of more of the five senses
Sequence / Process Writing
Information is organized in steps or a process is explained in the order in which it occurs
the time and place of the action
Importance; impact of something
use like or as to compare two unlike things and show similarities
Spatial / Descriptive Writing
information is organized in order of space (top to bottom, left to right)
The imaginary voice the poet uses when writing a poem. It is the character who tells the poem
A form of communication in spoken language, made by a speaker before an audience for a given purpose; formal public address
A group of lines in poetry which are usually similar in length and pattern
A character that is over simplified and lacks originality or individuality
To condense or make concise the main ideas of a text; make a short, brief description of
To give valid reasons for what you want to do or your interpretation of a situation
A word or object that stands for another word or object
How the text is organized
References made from the featured text to support a position or an argument
A message about life or human nature conveyed by a work of literature
The author's attitude toward his or her subject and such as serious, humorous, or impatient
a complete change, usually into something with an improved appearance or usefulness
To prove the truth of as by evidence or testimony; confirm, substantiate.
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