5th Grade Academic Word List: Literacy/Language Arts 30 words

Academic Words
  1. bias
    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  2. bibliography
    a list of writings with time and place of publication (such as the writings of a single author or the works referred to in preparing a document etc.)
  3. citation
    an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
  4. cite
    make reference to
  5. climax
    the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
  6. colon
    the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
  7. convey
    transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
  8. criterion
    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
  9. dependent clause
    a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
  10. diagram
    a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts
  11. focus
    the concentration of attention or energy on something
  12. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  13. icon
    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
  14. idiom
    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  15. independent clause
    a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence
  16. metaphor
    a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
  17. narrative
    a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
  18. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  19. personification
    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
  20. plagiarism
    the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
  21. point of view
    a mental position from which things are viewed
  22. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  23. relevance
    the relation of something to the matter at hand
  24. relevant
    having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
  25. semicolon
    a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period
  26. style
    how something is done or how it happens
  27. symbolism
    the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
  28. synthesize
    combine and form a synthesis
  29. thesis
    an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
  30. voice
    the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract