Language Arts Vocab from Common Core State Standards 36 words

In grades 6 – 8, students are ready for new levels of intellectual challenge. If they have followed the Common Core Curriculum Maps up to this point, they should have a strong background in mythology, folktales, and fables from around the world; classic and contemporary fiction and poetry; and literary nonfiction related to historical and select scientific topics. They should be able to write a short paper in which they articulate a central idea and support it with examples from Curriculum Map for 6th Grade
  1. antagonist
    someone who offers opposition
  2. protagonist
    the principal character in a work of fiction
  3. epilogue
    a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
  4. legacy
    (law) a gift of personal property by will
  5. lore
    knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
  6. time
    the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
  7. environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  8. interview
    the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists
  9. plot
    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
  10. etymology
    a history of a word
  11. alibi
    (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
  12. deductive reasoning
    reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
  13. evidence
    your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
  14. inductive reasoning
    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  15. inference
    the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
  16. investigator
    someone who investigates
  17. mystery
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
  18. problem solving
    the thought processes involved in solving a problem
  19. red herring
    a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
  20. sleuth
    a detective who follows a trail
  21. suspect
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
  22. victim
    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
  23. witness
    someone who sees an event and reports what happened
  24. idiom
    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  25. fly in the face of
    go against
  26. fly off the handle
    get very angry and fly into a rage
  27. flying colors
    complete success
  28. imagery
    the ability to form mental images of things or events
  29. meter
    the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
  30. 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
  31. simile
    a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')
  32. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
  33. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  34. memoir
    an account of the author's personal experiences
  35. personification
    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
  36. realism
    the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth