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PSSA Practice Grade 7 ELA
The information on this quizlet is for terms that you will see on the PSSA test. It serves as a great review for the PSSA for 7th grade language arts.
a comparison using like or as
A comparison of two or more things not using like or as
Exaggeration or overstatement.
Giving human-qualities to non-human things
Something happens that was the opposite of what was expected.
A judgment based on a personal point of view.
The author's intent either to inform or teach someone about something, to entertain people, or to persuade or convince their audience to do or not do something.
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words.
An implied or indirect reference in literature to a familiar person, place or event.
The story of a person's life written by himself or herself.
The story of a person's life written by someone other than the subject of the work.
Cause and Effect
Cause statements stem from actions and events, and effects are what happen as a result of the action or event.
The method an author uses to reveal characters and their various personalities.
the high point of suspense in a short story or novel.
To find the similarities between two things.
The problem or struggle in a short story or novel.
Information from the reading that identifies a word or group of words.
To find differences between two things.
conversation between people in a literary work
Distinguish, tell apart and recognize differences between two or more items.
A newspaper or magazine article that gives the opinions of the editors or publishers; an expression of opinion that resembles such an article.
To make an overstatement or to stretch the truth.
A story or novel that is not true; it is made up from the imagination.
Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling.
A personal point of view using the "I" point of view. May also contain me, our, we, us.
Poetry that does not have meter or rhyme scheme. It sounds more like regular speech.
A conclusion, drawn from specific information, that is used to make a broad statement about a topic or person.
A word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing and smell using figurative language.
understandings gained by "reading between the lines"
It is nonfiction, written primarily to convey factual information. (e.g., textbooks, newspapers, reports, directions, brochures, technical manuals, etc.).
The use of a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or usual meaning
A light or humorous verse form of five lines, of which lines 1, 2 and 5 rhymes and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.
The main idea is the author's central thought; the topic sentence of a paragraph.
The repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.
The emotion created in the reader
Text that tells a story. It may contain dialogue.
Writing that is true.
The use of words whose sounds express or suggest their meaning (ex.: hiss, pop, bang)
The sequence in which the author arranges events in a story. The structure often includes the rising action, the climax, the falling action and the resolution.
Point of view
who tells the story (1st, 2nd, 3rd person)
An organizational structure in nonfiction texts, where the author typically presents a problem and possible solutions to it.
An organizational structure in nonfiction texts, where the author typically finds the similarities and differences between two objects.
An organizational structure in nonfiction texts, where the author typically shows an order of events in time order OR by using time order words (first, second, next, then).
an attack on a person instead of an issue.
attempts to persuade the reader to do, think or buy something because it is popular or because "everyone" is doing it
red herring propaganda
attempt to distract the reader with details not relevant to the argument
emotional appeal propaganda
attempt to persuade the reader by using words that appeal to the reader's emotions instead of to logic or reason.
to persuade the reader by using a famous person to endorse a product or idea (for instance, the celebrity endorsement).
attempts to persuade the reader by repeating a message over and over again.
sweeping generalization (stereotyping) propaganda
makes an oversimplified statement about a group based on limited information.
circular argument propaganda
states a conclusion as part of the proof of the argument.
appeal to numbers, facts, or statistics propaganda
attempts to persuade the reader by showing how many people think something is true.
The solution to the conflict of the story.
Identical or very similar recurring final sounds in words usually at the end of lines of a poem.
The pattern or beat of a poem.
The time and place in which a story unfolds.
A lyric poem of fourteen lines whose rhyme scheme is fixed.
A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
the "third person" point of view presents the events of the story from a narrator's point of view (he, she, it, they, them, their, her, his, or character's names are used)
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
used to influence people to believe, buy, or do something.
The range of associations that a word or phrase suggests in addition to its dictionary meaning (e.g., slender/thin/scrawny).
The direct or dictionary meaning of a word.
To break something down and assess all parts
List in sequence
Read between the lines
Build and create
Tell all about it
Back up with details
Support used in written prompts which is taken either from the text (for TDAs) or is formulated from the mind of the student (Regular essays)
Tell why or how
Telling the short version
Coming up with ways things are alike
Coming up with ways things are different
Tell what will happen next
Combine to make new
Tell about the qualities of
Explain your understanding of
Figure it out
Write in support of
A summary based on fact. It is unbiased.
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