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- Foketales -- A story originating in oral tradition. Folktales fall into a variety of categories, including legends, ghost stories, fairy tales, fables and anecdotes based on historical figures and events.
- Generalization -- A conclusion, drawn from specific information, that is used to make a broad statement about a topic or person.
- Hyperbole -- An exaggeration or overstatement (e.g., I was so embarrassed I could have died.).
- Contex Clues -- Information from the reading that inentifies a word or group of words.
- First Person -- The " first person" or "personal" point of view relates events as they are perceived by a single character. The main character "tells" the story and may offer opinions about the action and characters
- Focus -- The center of interest or attention.
- Free Verse -- Poetry that lacks regular metrical and rhyme patterns but that tries to capture the cadences of everyday speech. The form allows a poet to exploit a variety of rhythmical effects within a single poem.
- Homophone -- One of two or more words pronounced alike, but different in spelling or meaning. (e.g., hair/hare).
- Conclusion -- The ending of the story or the summarization of ideas or closing argument in nonfictional texts.
- DescriptiveText -- Descriptive writing is intended to allow a reader to picture the scene or setting in which the action of a story takes place.
- Fluency -- The clear, easy, written or spoken expression of ideas; freedom from word-identification problems that might hinder comprehension in silent reading or the expression of ideas in oral reading.
- Foreshadowing -- A device used in literature to create expectation or to set up an explanation of later developments.
- Genre -- A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content
- Contrast -- To compare or appraise differences.
- Flashback -- A device used in literature to present action that occurred before the beginning of the story. Flashbacks are often introduced as the dreams or recollections of one or more characters.
- Prefix -- A Prefixes are groups of letters that can be placed before a word to alter its meaning.
- Reading rate -- The speed at which a person reads, usually silently.
- Onomatopoeia -- The use of words whose sounds express or suggest their meaning. In its simplest sense, onomatopoeia may be represented by words that mimic the sounds they denote such as "hiss" or "meow”.
- Personification -- An object or abstract idea given human qualities or human form (e.g., Flowers danced about the lawn.).
- Poetic Purpose -- Text with literary devices and language peculiar to poetry (e.g. stanza, rhyme, meter, etc).
- Possessive -- A form of a noun or pronoun that indicates possession. In English the possessive of singular nouns is usually formed by the addition of an apostrophe and “s.”
- Public document -- A document that focuses on civic issues or matters of public policy at the community level and beyond.
- Pattern book -- A book with a predictable language structure and often written with predictable text, also known as predictable book.
- Plot -- The structure of a story. 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. The plot may h
- Point of view -- The way in which an author reveals characters, events and ideas in telling a story; the vantage point from which the story is told.
- Print Media -- Print media include such forms as newspapers, periodicals, magazines, books, newsletters, advertising, memos, business forms, etc.
- Research -- A systematic inquiry into a subject or problem in order to discover, verify or revise relevant facts or principles having to do with that subject or problem.
- Paraphrase -- Restate text or passage in other words, often to clarify meaning or show understanding.
- Phonics -- The relationship between letters and sounds fundamental in beginning reading.
- Poetry -- In its broadest sense, writing that aims to present ideas and evoke an emotional experience in the reader through the use of meter, imagery, connotative and concrete words. Some poetry has a carefully
- Sonnet -- A lyric poem of fourteen lines whose rhyme scheme is fixed. The rhyme scheme in the Italian sonnets of Petrarch is abbaabba cdecde. The Petrarchian sonnet has two divisions: the first is of eight line
- Story Maps -- A visual representation of a story that provides an overview including characters, setting, the problem, and resolution or ending.
- Retell -- A child is asked to recount in her/his own words a story or article that has just been read. The exercise encourages the youngster to think conceptually and look at the bigger picture, but also includ
- Root Word -- A root word is one to which prefixes and suffixes can be added to form different words. These new words are derived from the root word and are called derivatives or derivations. The root word help, fo
- Self-monitor -- A comprehension strategy; knowing or recognizing when what one is reading or writing is not making sense.
- Simile -- A comparison of two unlike things in which a word of comparison (like or as) is used (e.g., She eats like a bird.).
- SecondarySource -- Text and/or artifacts used when researching that are derived from something original (e.g. biographies, magazine articles, research papers).
- Resolution -- The portion of a story following the climax, in which the conflict is resolved. The resolution of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey is neatly summed up in the following sentence: "Henry and Catherine wer
- Rising Action -- The part of a story where the plot becomes increasingly complicated. Rising action leads up to the climax, or turning point.
- Rhythm -- The pattern or beat of a poem.
- Setting -- The time and place in which a story unfolds.
- Primary Source -- Text and/or artifacts that tell or show a first-hand account of an event; original works used when researching (e.g. letters, journals).
- Rhyme -- Identical or very similar recurring final sounds in words usually at the end of lines of a poem.
- Satire -- A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness.
- Semantics -- The study of meaning in language.
- Validity -- Refers to statements that have the appearance of truth or reality.
- Conventions/Lan -- Mechanics, usage and sentence completeness.
- Idiomatic Lang -- An expression peculiar to itself grammatically or that cannot be understood if taken literally (e.g., Let’s get on the ball.).
- Problem/Solut -- An organizational structure in nonfiction texts, where the author typically presents a problem and possible solutions to it.
- Voice -- The fluency, rhythm and liveliness in writing that make it unique to the writer.
- Hd./Graph/Chart -- Any visual cues on a page of text that offer additional information to guide the reader’s comprehension. Headings typically are words or phrases in bold print that indicate a topic or the theme of a
- InformationalTx -- It is nonfiction, written primarily to convey factual information. Informational texts comprise the majority of printed material adults read (e.g., textbooks, newspapers, reports, directions, brochure
- Venn Diagrams -- The Venn diagram is made up of two or more overlapping circles. In language arts instruction, Venn Diagrams are useful for examining similarities and differences in characters, stories, poems, events,
- Cont.Spec.Words -- Core vocabulary that is peculiar to an academic discipline or subject. For example, the word precipitation is related to the discipline of science as it relates to weather.
- InflectionalEnd -- A form, suffix or element added to the end of a word that changes the form of the word to mark such distinctions as those of case, gender, number, tense, person, mood or voice.
- Reading Crit -- Reading in which a questioning attitude, logical analysis and inference are used to judge the worth of text; evaluating relevancy and adequacy of what is read; the judgment of validity or worth of wha
- Metaphor -- A figure of speech that expresses an idea through the image of another object. Metaphors suggest the essence of the first object by identifying it with certain qualities of the second object. An examp
- Narrative -- Text which conveys a story or which relates events or dialogue; contrast with expository text.
- Inference -- A judgment based on reasoning rather than on direct or explicit statement. A conclusion based on facts or circumstances; understandings gained by “reading between the lines.”
- Limerick -- A light or humorous verse form of five lines, of which lines 1, 2 and 5 rhymes and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.
- Main Idea -- The main idea is the author’s central thought; the chief topic of a text expressed or implied in a word or phrase; the topic sentence of a paragraph.
- Mood -- The prevailing emotions of a work or of the author in his or her creation of the work. The mood of a work is not always what might be expected based on its subject matter.
- Omniscient -- The narrative perspective from which a literary work is presented to the reader from a "godlike" perspective, unrestricted by time or place, from which to see actions and look into the minds of charac
- Implicit -- Meanings which, though unexpressed in the literal text, may be understood by the reader; implied.
- Legends -- A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events, or a story coming down from the past, especially one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable.
- LiteraryDevices -- The struggle that grows out of the interplay of the two opposing forces in a plot.
- Meter -- The repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.
- Nonfiction -- Prose writing that is not fictional; designed primarily to explain, argue, instruct, or describe rather than entertain. For the most part, its emphasis is factual.
- Imagery -- 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; figurative language. The use of images serves to intensify the impact of
- Irony -- The use of a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or usual meaning; incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected result.
- Limited view -- In literature, a speaker is speaking either in the first person, telling things from his or her own perspective, or in the third person, telling things from the perspective of an onlooker. If the spea
- Thesis -- The basic argument advanced by a speaker or writer who then attempts to prove it; the subject or major argument of a speech or composition.
- Summarize -- To capture all the most important parts of the original text (paragraph, story, poem), but express them in a much shorter space, and - as far much as possible - in the readers own words.
- Synonym -- One of two or more words in a language that have highly similar meanings (e.g., sorrow, grief, sadness).
- Text Structure -- The author’s method of organizing a text.
- Theme -- A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
- Tone -- The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
- Suffix -- Suffixes are groups of letters placed after a word to modify its meaning or change it into a different word group, from an adjective to an adverb, etc.
- Symbolism -- A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
- Target Words -- Words that students are expected to know. Often students are asked to identify other words that are antonyms and synonyms of target words. Sometimes students are asked to identify the meaning of a tar
- NonFict. Struct -- An organizational structure found in nonfiction (e.g., sequence, question-answer, cause-effect, problem –solution, etc.).
- Third Peron -- A perspective in literature, the "third person" point of view presents the events of the story from outside of any single character's perception, much like the omniscient point of view, but the reader
- Subject area -- An organized body of knowledge; a discipline; a content area.
- Style -- How an author writes; an author’s use of language; its effects and appropriateness to the author’s intent and theme.
- Syntax -- The pattern or structure of word order in sentences, clauses and phrases.
- Lit. Structure -- An organizational structure found in fiction or literary nonfiction (e.g., foreshadowing, flashback).
- Appositive -- Also called apposition; a grammatical construction in which two usually adjacent nouns having the same referent stand next to one another; often separated by commas.
- Author's Thesis -- the topic and a specific feeling or idea associated with it. The thesis can be directly stated or implied on the examples and illustrations used by the author.
- Dialogue -- In its widest sense, dialogue is simply conversation between people in a literary work; in its most restristed sense, it refers specifically to the speech of characters in a drama.
- Alliteration -- The repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words.
- Antonym -- A word that is the opposite of another word.
- Author'sPurpose -- 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.
- Bias -- A judgement based on a personal point of view.
- Editorials -- A newspaper or magazine article that gives the opinions of the editors or publishers; an expression of opinion that resembles such an article.
- Affix -- Oneor more letters occurring as a bound form attached to the beginning or end of a word or base and serving to produce a derivatine word or an inflectional form.
- Analysis -- The process or result of identifying the parts of a whole and their relationship to one another.
- Assertion -- A declaration, statement,allegation or claim.
- Autobiography -- The story of a person's life written by himself or herself.
- Differentiate -- Distinguish, tell apart and recognize differences between two or more items.
- Accuracy -- Correctness or precision.
- Allusion -- An implied or indirect reference in literature to a familiar person, place or event.
Reading Assessment 2
- Fairy Tale -- Short narratives featuring mythical beings such as fairies, elves and sprites. These tales originally belonged to the folklore of a particular nation or region, such as those in Germany by Jacob and
- Biography -- The story of a person's life written by someone other than the subject of the work.
- Compare -- Placing together characters, situations or ideas to show common or differing features in literary selections.
- Epic -- A long narrative poem about the adventures of a hero of great historic or legendary importance.
- ExplanatorySent -- A sentence that explains something.
- Fable -- Narrative intended to convey a moral. Animals or inanimate objects with human characteristics often serve as characters in fables.
- Fiction -- Any story that is the product of imagination rather than a documentation of fact. Characters and events in such narratives may be based in real life but their ultimate form and configeration is of th
- Climax -- The turning point in a narrative, the moment when the conflict is at its most intense. Typically, the structure of stories, novels and plays is one of rising action, in which tension builds to the cl
- Exaggeration -- To make an overstatement or to stretch the truth.
- Expository Text -- Text written to explain and convey information about a specific topic. Contrasts with narrative text.
- Fallacies/Logic -- See propaganda techniques
- Cause/Effect -- Cause statements stem from actions and events, and effects are what happen as a result of the action or event.
- Compound Word -- A word composed of teo or more smaller words, thedefinition of which is a combination of the definitions of the smaller words.
- Evaluate -- To examine and to judge carefully.
- Explicit -- Referring to specific text that is included in the reading passage or in the directions.
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