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to analyze, read, or recite, glance from point to point of often hastily, casually, or in search of a particular item


look over a whole page

Reading intensively

thuroughly looking through a story or an essay


a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)


an analytic or interpretive literary composition

main idea

the central thought or message


story of a person's life written by that person


A written account of one's life, actions, and character.

scientific method

a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses

reporter's questions

who, what, when, where, why

persuasive essay

presents arguements and tries to convince readers to adopt a certain point of view

descriptive essay

author describes events and feelings by including images and details showing how things look, sound, smell, taste, or feel (5 senses)


a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred


a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

subjective detail

A detail that has to do with personal experience rather than some objective reality

objective detail

a detail that has an existing independance of any particular person's attitude, ideas, or beliefs

narrative essay

tells about real life events using elements of storylife

expository essay

presents or explains information or ideas in a formal format

cause and effect

how one event leads to another

journal writing

a way of recording events as they happen


Is using one or more of your senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch to gather information about the world.


Is explaining or interpreting an observation or statement reasonable or unreasonable.

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