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main idea

what the passage is mainly about

supporting detail

information that proves your main idea.


order in which things happen in a text


reason something happens


result of a cause


a book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them


book(s) that give facts about many topics


a newspaper or magazine that is distributed monthly, weekly, or daily


book of maps

online directory

internet reference that gives a list of internet sites related to a topic

government website

any Web address ending with .gov

college/university website

any Web address ending with .edu

relevant evidence

information in a piece of persuasive writing that is related to its issue and supports its position


events in a story


identify ways things are alike


identify ways that things are different


the way a person who lives in a specific geographical area might speak

composite number

a number that has more than two factors

prime number

a number with only 2 and itself.

greatest common factor (GCF)

The largest factor that 2 or more numbers have in common.

least common multiple

The smallest multiple (other than zero) that two or more numbers have in common.

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