Elementary Academic Words

Words for students from kindergarten to grade 8, each grade has 4 lists: art, math, science, and social. They are essential vocabulary for elementary academic classes.

Grade 6: Word List - Language Art
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affix  Read Word
a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
analogy  Read Word
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
antagonist  Read Word
one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent
antecedent  Read Word
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent); preceding in time or order
appositive  Read Word
relating to or being in apposition
characterization  Read Word
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features; a graphic or vivid verbal description
clause  Read Word
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
conventions  Read Word
practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction
criticism  Read Word
a written evaluation of a work of literature; disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
dialect  Read Word
vocabulary that is for a specific group of people
end rhyme  Read Word
the form of rhyme (rhyming) which uses sameness of sound of the last words of lines from the vowels in their stressed syllables to their ends
exposition  Read Word
exhibition; part of a play that provides the background information; opening section of a fugue
falling action  Read Word
the events of a dramatic or narrative plot following the climax
footnote  Read Word
a printed note placed below the text on a printed page; add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
foreshadowing  Read Word
indicate by signs
graphic organizer  Read Word
a communication tool that uses visual symbols to express knowledge, concepts, thoughts, or ideas, and the relationships between them.
interpretation  Read Word
explanation; performer's distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music
irrelevant  Read Word
not applicable; unrelated; having no connection with
literal  Read Word
according to the letter or verbal expression; exactly as stated
modifier  Read Word
a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
mythology  Read Word
study of myths; collection of myths
narration  Read Word
the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
narrative writing  Read Word
any account of connected events, presented to a reader or listener in a sequence of written or spoken words, or in a sequence of pictures
passage  Read Word
the motion of one object relative to another; the act of passing from one state or place to the next
perspective  Read Word
appearance of things; view, outlook, or vista
phrases  Read Word
an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
plagiarism  Read Word
theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original
predicate adjective  Read Word
adjective that modifies the noun or a pronoun in a sentence
predicate nominative  Read Word
a word in the nominative case that completes a copulative verb, such as son in the sentence Charlie is my son
protagonist  Read Word
principal character in a work of fiction; main character in a drama; leader of a cause; champion
references  Read Word
a remark that calls attention to something or someone; the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
rising action  Read Word
a part of a book or play in which more things start to happen, the rising action leads to the climax
sentence combining  Read Word
combine two or more simple sentences to form a more complex or sophisticated sentence.
sentence structure  Read Word
the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
summarize  Read Word
give a summary of; be a summary of
symbolism  Read Word
practice of investing things with symbolic meaning; system of symbols or representations
synthesize  Read Word
integrate; compose; combine so as to form a new, complex product
viewpoint  Read Word
a place from which something can be viewed; a mental position from which things are viewed