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Academic Vocabulary Words

Terms the child need to understand.
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Synonym
n. A word having the same or almost the same meaning as another word.
Antonym
n. A word that means the opposite.
Context clues
Hints in a sentence or paragraph that help tell what an unknown word means.
Prefix
A group of letters placed at the beginning of a word to change its meaning (ex. re-, dis-, in-, un-).
Suffix
A group of letters placed at the end of a word to change its meaning (ex. -ist, -al, -ive, -ed, -ing).
Author's purpose
The reason the author has for writing. ( Inform, persuade, express ideas and feelings, and entertain).
Sequence
Order of events/ order in which things happen.
- Dates, times, and clue words (first, then, next, and last) help understand order of events.
- Two events may happen at the same time (clue words: meanwhile, during, while, as).
Fact
This is a statement that can be proved to be true or false by looking in a reference book, asking an expert, or using knowledge or experience.
Opinion
Cannot be proven to be true or false, it is a belief or judgement (contains words like: best, should, beautiful).
Homonyms
Words that have the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but have different meanings.
Setting
Where and when the story takes place.
Theme
Meaning of the story.
Cause
Why something happens.
Effect
What happens as a result of a cause.
Compare
How are they alike.
Contrast
How are they different.
Plot
The events that take place in a story.
Main Idea
The most important idea in the story.
Supporting Details
Small pieces of information that tell about the main idea.
Plural
More than one
Singular
One
Verb
shows action or state of being
Adjective
Word that describes a noun.
Noun
Names a person, place, thing, or idea.