NWEA assessment vocabulary for reading and language usage
Includes all the elements in a story: plot, rising action, falling action, problem, solution, setting, etc.
A written proposal or reminder
A short moral story (often with animal characters)
Tending or intended or having the power to induce action or belief
Primary Source Historical Document
Something written or created by a person who witnessed a historical event
Writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
A "play on words" based on the multiple meanings of a single word or on words that sound alike but mean different things
A passage or expression that is quoted or cited
The act of referring or consulting
A situation treated as an observable object
Review summarizes or discusses research conducted by others. Not first hand data. Scholarly books
Playing on words or speech sounds
A reference in a work of literate to a character, place, or situation from history or from another work of literature, music, or art.
A graphic or vivid verbal description
The comparison between two things is continued beyond the first point of comparison. This extends and deepens a
Two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase.
An original model on which something is patterned
A metrical pattern in poetry which consists of five iambic feet per line. (an iamb, or iambic foot, consists of one
unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.)
A situation or statement that seems to be impossible or contradicting, but is nevertheless true, either literally or
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example angry clouds; a
A verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
A distorted, exaggerated, or oversimplified image applied to a category of people
The practice of investing things with symbolic meaning, The use of words, places, people, or objects to mean something beyond their literal meaning.
Represent or identify by using a symbol
Narrator is outside the action and refers to characters as he or she
Substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads')
The analysis of a poem's meter. This is usually done by marking the stressed and unstressed syllables in each line
and then based on the pattern of the stresses dividing the line into feet.
Substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa
Public notice or announcement
A form of communication used to convey a formal message to one or more parties on behalf of a business
The sound made at the end of a word
A daily, or periodic, account of events and the writer's thoughts and feelings about those events.
To write down information in an organized way
Radically different or contrary in action or movement.
A line showing the outside edge of an object or figure. A short list or plan that gives the main ideas of a longer report.
An instruction telling what must or must not be done
Focuses on only one conflict, has a single plot, a single setting, a small number of characters, and covers a short period of time; meant to be read in one sitting.
Thank you note
A note of gratitude for what was received
A word or phrase that describes the contents of a document or object or person
A subdivision of a written work
A book of favorite recipes and instructions on cooking
To explain with details
A book that lists words in alphabetical order and gives their meanings, pronunciations, and etc.
A story passed down from person to person by word of mouth
An alphabetical listing of key words, phrases, or topics that includes the page numbers on which those items are found within a publication
A tale in rhymed verse for children
Story that illustrates a specific time or incident in a life
Any situation in which you are trying to reach some goal and must find a means to do so.
An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
Table of Contents
Found in the beginning of a book, it lists what is in the book and the page numbers of chapters.
A page of a book displaying the title and author and publisher
Group of words with the same root
Central thought or message
Something written or spoken that tells important news
Steps or rules to be followed
The main person in a story
To pretend; imagine
A daily or weekly publication of current events.
Writing that deals with real people, things, events and places., A true story
The part of the word that contains its basic meaning
Repeated vowel sounds
Books, plays, etc. that are considered very good from Great Britain
To describe the character and qualities of someone or something
A struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions, the problem in the story
Piece of paper giving a discount
Discuss the pros and cons of an issue
Main title of the story;grabs reader's attention and gives and idea of what the story is about
How to do something
Order of Events
Arrangement of events according to a particular sequence or method
Writing includes a clear position, evidence and counterargument with a rebuttal, to influence someone to believe what you want them to believe
Used to describe situations that exist in the present time
Academic writing used to synthesize others' ideas to support or contradict one's own
The communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words
A short narrative, usually lacking in detail, with unrealistic and sometimes fantastic characters and events. the term tale has connotations of timeless folklore.
A piece of writing that defends and proves a position made by the writer
Writing that is from countries other than your own
A section at the back of a book that gives additional information
To tell how things are different
Samples of different types of letters (business, reference, personal) to help you write correctly
To make a firm promise to oneself; to solve; a fixed purpose or intention
The element of plot that makes the reader want to read on to find out what happens
To deny or go against a viewpoint
A narrator who is a character in the story and tells the tale from his or her point of view.
The basic rhythmic structure of a verse
Told from the reader's point of view, using "you"
The common American language, words and grammatical forms that are used and expected in school, business, and other sites.
Facts and ideas that prove or explain the main idea of a paragraph.
The way someone sees something
Point of view
"Eyes" through which the story is told
A plan that gives expected times for different things to happen.
A book used in the study of a subject
To give information to the public about
A reference book with facts and figures
Short stories, novels, plays, and poems written by authors from the United States
To state the reasons for or against; to contend in oral disagreement;
An article describing and judging a new book
Used to provide information, educate or advertise a specific topic or product; more long-term in nature than that of a flyer
A group of people or things having something in common
Features that identify something or someone
The final event of a story's plot, A judgment based on the information obtained
An exchange of ideas between two or more people
The kinds of writing that creates a clear image of something, usually by using details that appeal to one or more of our senses.
A personal, daily account of an individual's experiences and feelings
A type of literature which is meant to be preformed
To interest and amuse
Fact and opinion
A fact can be proved; an opinion is a belief and can not be supported by proof or evidence
A story that is not true or is made up
A place in the back of the book that gives the definitions or tell the meaning of certain words in the book.
A visual aid to help organize information
These words are located at the top of a book and help you locate information faster
Real events, places, or people are incorporated into a fictional or imaginative story
To tell, give the facts
Identifying or classifying an individual or group as like or unlike others
Novels, plays, short stories, essays, and poems that have lasting value or interest
A type of thin book with large pages and a paper cover which contains articles and photographs and is published every week or month
The most important fact, idea, or opinion
A handbook; a book of directions
Having to do with what is right and wrong; being good and just, the lesson taught by a story or experience
A traditional story about gods, ancestors, or heroes, told to explain the natural world or the customs and beliefs of a society.
The person telling the story
Information about something that has happened recently
A long fictional story which uses all the elements of storytelling (plot, character, setting, point of view, theme).
A type of speaking or writing that is intended to make its audience adopt a certain opinion
A book consisting chiefly of pictures
A set of instructions for making something
A book that provides facts, definitions, data, or summary of a topic. (examples: indexes, dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, bibliographies, concordances, handbooks, manuals, etc.)
Text containing facts and information, items that you can look at to find information: thesaurus, dictionary, internet
Set of statements intended to provide information
Solution to a problem, The ending to the story that states the final outcome of the conflict and/or what might lie ahead for the characters in the story.
Something that you can use to help achieve a goal
The pattern of beats, or stresses, in spoken or written language
The "voice" used by an author to tell a story or speak a poem
To describe the main idea and important details of a passage using your own words
A book which lists words with the same meaning
What the story or writing is about
The main idea of the paragraph
A group of words that a person knows or should know
An article giving opinions or perspectives
The phonetic sound found in the middle of a word