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PSSA Vocab Terms

Kaitlyn Frey

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Personification 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.
Point of View A declaration, statement, allegation or claim
Phonics A device used in literature to create expectation or to set up an explanation of later developments.
Implict A comprehension strategy; knowinf or recognizing when what one is reading or writing is not making sense.
Allusion Made up of two or more overlapping cirlces. They are useful for examining similarities, and differences in characters stories, poems, events, processes, and major ideas between two tesxts ect.
Symbolism A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness.
Fluency An exaggeration or overstatement (I was so embarrassed I could have died!)
Author's Purpose An organized body of knowledge; a discipline; a content area.
Pattern book A device used in literature to present action that occured before the beginning of the story. They are often introduced as the dreams or recollections of one or more characters.
Foreshadowing Identical or very similar recurring final sounds in words usually at the end of lines of a poem.
Flashback The speed at which a person reads, usually silently.
Legends Groups of letters that can be placed before a word to alter its meaning
Graphic Organizer The time and place in which a story unfolds.
Accuracy 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.
Reading Rate The essential techniques used in literature (characterization, setting, plot, theme).
Paraphrase An implied or indirect reference in literature to a familiar person, place or event.
Bias Text which conveys a story or which relates events of dialogue; contrast with expository text.
Antonym A long narrative poem about the adventures of a hero of great historic or legendart importance.
Literary Conflict A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of lierary work.
Epic A diagram or pictorial device that shows relationships.
Assertion Text written to explain and convey information about a specific topic. Contrasts with narrative text.
Subject Area A comparison of two unlike things in which a word of comparison (like or as) is used.
Hyperbole A light or humorous verse form of five lines, of which lines 1,2 and 5 rhymes and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.
Meter The pattern or beat of a poem.
Venn Digrams A book with a predictable language structure and often written with predictable text, also known as predictable book.
Synonym A word that is opposite of another word. (hot-cold,night-day)
Poetic Purpose A form of a noun or pronoun that indicates possesion.
Genre The relationship between letters and sounds fundamental in beginning reading.
Nonfiction The story of a person's life written by himself or herself.
Expository Text The topic and specific feeling or idea associated with it. It can be directly stated or implied in the examples and illusions used by the author.
Syntax The attitude of the author toward the audience adn characters.
Thesis Words that have several meanings depending upon how they are used in a sentence.
Setting Meanings which, though unexpressed in the literal text, may be understood by the reader; implied.
Alliteration Teh pattern or structure of word order in sentences, clauses and phrases.
Problem and Solution The study of meaning in language.
Tone A document that focuses on civic issues or matters of public policy at the community level and beyond.
Satire The use of a word or phase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or usual meaning; incingruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected result.
Theme The fluency, rhythm and liveliness in writing that make it unique to the writer.
Autobiography An object or absract idea given human qualities or human form (Flowers danced about the lawn).
Inference The way in which an author reveals character, events and ideas in telling a story; the vantage point from which the story is told.
Multiple-meaning Words A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
Onomatopoeia Correctness of precision.
Simile One of two or more words pronounced alike, but different in spelling or meaning. (hair, hare)
Irony Restate text in or passage in other words, often to clarify meaning or show understanding.
Public Document A judgement based on a personal point of view. Example- All fifth graders are immature.
Rhythm Prose writing that is not fictional; designed primarily to explain, argue, instruct, or describe tather than entertain. For the most part, its emphasis is factual.
Semantics An organizational structure in nonfiction texts, where the author typically presents a problem and possible solutions to it.
Limerick The repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.
Rhyme Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a specific effect or feeling.
Voice The clear, easy, written or spoken expression of ideas; freedom from word-identification problems that might hinder comprehension in silent reading or the expressionof ideas in oral reading.
Narrative One of two or more words in a language that have highly simialr meanings.
Author's Thesis The use of words whose sounds express or suggest their meaning. These words may mimic sounds they denote.
Figurative Language A story about a mythical or supernatural beings or events, or a story coming down from the past, especially one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable.
Literary Devices A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content (prose, poetry)
Possessive Tools used by the author to enliven and provide voice to the writing (dialogue, alliteration)
Validity Refers to statements that have the appearence of truth or reality.
Self-monitor The repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words.
Homophone The struggle that grows out of the interplay of the two opposing forces in a plot.
Prefix A judgement based on reasoning rather than on direct or explicit statement. A conclusion based on facts or cirumstances; understaind gained by "reading between the lines."
Literary Elements Text with literary devices and language peculiar to poetry (stanza, rhyme, meter,etc.).

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