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8th Grade STAAR Reading Vocab Review
Reading STAAR Vocab. Game
Terms in this set (104)
where and when the story takes place
the struggle or problem in the story that a character must resolve
finding a solution to a problem
what a piece of writing is mainly about--the BIG PICTURE - it's never one thing!
The central idea or message of a work, the insight it offers into life (life lesson)
brief statement of the main events of a story (BME-beginning, middle, end)
in the time order in which events happened (sequence or time order)
used to convince or persuade the reader of the writer's point of view
a fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or the causes of natural phenomena
a beginning or coming into being
the story of a person's life written by that person in first person point of view
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
first person point of view
Told from the viewpoint of one of the characters using the pronouns "I" and We"
third person limited point of view
the narrator focuses on the thoughts and feelings of only one character
third person omniscent point of view
told by an all-knowing narrator from outside the story who reveals what every character thinks and feels
the repetition of consonant SOUNDS at the beginning of words. ex... Sally sells seashells at the sea shore.
giving human qualities to non-human things
ex... the wind whistled
comparison using like or as
ex... The car was as cold as ice.
an expression with a meaning different from the literal meaning of the individual words (It's raining cats and dogs!)
when a portion of the story goes back in time
The use of clues to suggest events that will happen later in the plot
to draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented (put clue together with your good brain)
to demonstrate that something is right; to defend with reasons
the various methods of communicating information
A listing of words with synonyms and antonyms
Clues in surrounding text that help the reader figure out an unknown word (look above, in, below, and all around the text of the unfamiliar word)
a conversation between two persons
small text found near a picture that provides important information about the picture
instructions for actors and stage crew, usually set in italics
The reason the author has for writing. (Inform, persuade, express, explain & entertain)
A drawing that shows or explains something...usually includes labels and captions.
Drawings or photographs that help explain the text
A practical lesson about right and wrong
words and phrases that create imagery by using the 5 senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch)
a literary work based on the imagination
Writing that is factual (real)
fiction that involves an event in history. Contains historical facts, events, or people, but is not true.
a story written to be performed by actors; a play
the use of words that represent sounds "Pow", "Bang"
the pattern of rhyme in a poem (ex. ABAB)
when two words rhyme in the same line of poetry
The reason why something happens
the person who is telling the story; the speaker
shows how two things are alike/different or how one is better than the other
overstating the facts leading to a false of importance. (We will all be doomed if we don't take a stand now!) Key words: always, never, everyone
This unreliable information is a technique used to mislead the reader.
a comparison or two unlike things without using like or as ex...Her eyes are blue jewels.
elaborate exaggeration ex... I'm so hungry I could eat a horse
a collection of word pictures that appeal to the reader's senses used to paint a mental picture
the turning point in the action of a story--the problem is solved (highest point of action)
the ending or final outcome of a story
sequence or chronological (organizational pattern of expository text)
Organized by time
compare and contrast
Organized by facts on two sides
cause and effect
problem and solution
Organized with something happening and a result
combining several pieces of information to make an inference--to use details, facts, and evidence from a text to come to a new understanding about a topic or idea (infer, inference)
This type of text informs or instructs the reader. It is nonfiction.
language that means more than what it says on the surface; not actual or literal meaning
the events that make up a story (sequence of events - introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution)
a word part that can be added to the beginning of a word to make a new word (Example: pregame)
a word part that can be added to the end of a word to make up a new word (Example: swimming)
words and details that appeal to a reader's senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing, smell, emotion)
the following of one thing after another
to make a brief statement of the main events of a story. It has to have the beginning, middle and end. It should be precise (accurate) and concise (to the point).
the parts of a text that stand out (diagram, table of contents, index, etc)
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
strengthen and support
Instructions given to the actors so they know how to act and the tone of voice to use. These are used in dramas.
The items on the stage that the actors use. They give clues about the setting of the play.
third person objective point of view
When the narrator only knows what the characters do and say. It's like a "camera view" of the story. Things that can be seen/heard
The reason an author writes the text--to persuade, inform, explain and entertain
the reason the character says or does something
a character trait used to describe someone who doesn't give up easily.
a character trait used to describe someone who feels good about him/herself.
To feel excited and nervous at the same time.
Who the piece of text was originally written for. Example: in a letter, look at who the letter is addressed to (Dear Mom,)
a conversation between characters set off by quotation marks (what character is saying)
similar to a paragraph but in a poem
similar to a sentence but in a poem
the outcome of an experiment or problem
when two things/people have something in common
the smaller title that goes before a new section of the text.
Where information comes from.
a set of letters attached to the beginning or the end of a root word that changes the word's meaning
a succinct statement of a philosophy or principle; often quoted (a penny saved is a penny earned)
the beginning of the story--introduces the setting, characters, and the problem
point in a story where the conflict begins to be resolved (things start to wind down and story comes to an end)
in persuasive text, a word or phrase that reveals the author's feelings and rouses the reader's emotions
to summarize part of or all of a text you read in your own words
the bulk of a story, during which the character works to resolve the problem (conflict starts to happen and action rises)
Author's attitude toward his subject - can be positive, negative, or neutral
Atmosphere created by the author's work (how it makes you feel--feeling created)
emotional meaning of a word--how it makes you feel (can be positive or negative--Example: he's a big guy OR he's SO fat!)
the dictionary meaning (remember the D is for dictionary)
common place assertion
a statement that many people assume to be true, though it may or may not actually be true (Example: crop circles are created by aliens)
a statement that can be verified, independently and objectively with facts, personal observations, reliable sources, or an expert's findings (may use a statistic or number--there was a 20 percent increase in enrollment this year at our school)
the fallacy of an idea or a principle that is untrue (Example: holding frogs give people warts)
a question that suggests the desired answer or tries to make the audience think in a particular way (What do you think about the horrible effects of slavery?)
an exaggerated, overly simplified version of an opposing point of view (features of a person enlarged--frequently used in cartoons--Example: President Obama with large ears or huge teeth)
words that are opposites (happy and sad)
words that are similar (pretty and beautiful)
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