120 ELA Content Specific Words HS

120 ELA Content Specific vocab words for the high school level student

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  1. phrase
    an expression consisting of one or more words
  2. adverb
    a word that modifies something other than a noun
  3. allegory
    a short moral story
  4. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
  5. allusion
    passing reference or indirect mention
  6. archetype
    something that serves as a model
  7. assonance
    the repetition of similar vowels in successive words
  8. ballad
    a narrative poem of popular origin
  9. character
    an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction
  10. characterization
    the act of describing essential features
  11. indirect
    not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
  12. clause
    an expression including a subject and predicate
  13. cliche
    a trite or obvious remark
  14. climax
    the decisive moment in a novel or play
  15. cognate
    a word deriving from the same root as another word
  16. coherent
    marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts
  17. conflict
    an open clash between two opposing groups
  18. connotation
    an idea that is implied or suggested
  19. consonance
    the repetition of sounds especially at the ends of words
  20. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  21. denouement
    the resolution of the main complication of a literary work
  22. description
    the act of depicting something
  23. dialect
    the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people
  24. dialogue
    a conversation between two persons
  25. diction
    the manner in which something is expressed in words
  26. discourse
    an extended communication dealing with some particular topic
  27. drama
    a work intended for performance by actors on a stage
  28. edit
    prepare for publication or presentation by revising
  29. epic
    a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
  30. epigraph
    a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
  31. essay
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  32. expository
    serving to expound or set forth
  33. etymology
    a history of a word
  34. exposition
    an account that sets forth the intent of a story
  35. heroic
    having qualities appropriate for brave figures
  36. couplet
    a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse
  37. homonym
    a word pronounced or spelled the same with another meaning
  38. homophone
    a word pronounced the same with another meaning or spelling
  39. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  40. idiom
    expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
  41. literary
    relating to or characteristic of creative writing
  42. text
    the words of something written
  43. improvisation
    a performance given without planning or preparation
  44. independent
    (of a clause) capable of standing as a complete sentence
  45. infinitive
    the uninflected form of the verb
  46. rhyme
    correspondence in the final sounds of two or more lines
  47. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  48. jargon
    technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  49. literacy
    the ability to read and write
  50. monologue
    a dramatic speech by a single actor
  51. mood
    a characteristic state of feeling
  52. moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong
  53. myth
    a traditional story serving to explain a world view
  54. narration
    a telling of a story in writing, drama, or cinema
  55. narrator
    someone who tells a story
  56. noun
    a content word referring to a person, place, thing or action
  57. novel
    an extended fictional work in prose
  58. novella
    a short novel
  59. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  60. onset
    the beginning or early stages
  61. palindrome
    a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
  62. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
  63. parallel
    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
  64. structure
    a complex entity made of many parts
  65. parody
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  66. participle
    a form of the verb used as an adjective
  67. pastoral
    a literary work idealizing the rural life
  68. personification
    attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  69. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics
  70. persuasive
    intended or having the power to induce action or belief
  71. phonetic
    using symbols to represent each speech sound
  72. plot
    the story that is told, as in a novel, play, movie, etc.
  73. poetry
    literature in metrical form
  74. point of view
    a mental position from which things are perceived
  75. prefix
    an affix that is added in front of the word
  76. prose
    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
  77. protagonist
    the principal character in a work of fiction
  78. pun
    a humorous play on words
  79. lyric
    of or relating to poetry that expresses emotion
  80. refrain
    part of a song or poem that recurs at regular intervals
  81. resolution
    a statement that solves a problem
  82. revise
    make changes to
  83. rhetoric
    study of the technique for using language effectively
  84. rhythm
    an interval during which a recurring sequence occurs
  85. rubric
    an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure
  86. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  87. script
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition
  88. sensory
    relating to or concerned in sensation
  89. sentence
    a string of words satisfying grammatical rules of a language
  90. setting
    the context and environment in which something is situated
  91. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  92. soliloquy
    a dramatic speech giving the illusion of unspoken reflection
  93. sonnet
    a verse form of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
  94. standard
    conforming to established usage of educated native speakers
  95. convention
    something regarded as a normative example
  96. stanza
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
  97. style
    a mode of expression typical of a person, group, or period
  98. subordinate
    (of a clause) unable to stand alone as a complete sentence
  99. suffix
    a linguistic element that is added at the end of the word
  100. symbol
    something visible that represents something invisible
  101. symbolism
    the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning
  102. synonym
    a word that expresses the same or similar meaning
  103. syntax
    the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
  104. theme
    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary work
  105. thesis
    an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument
  106. tone
    a quality that reveals the attitudes of the author
  107. topic
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  108. understatement
    something said in a restrained way for ironic contrast
  109. verb
    a word denoting an action, occurrence, or state of existence
  110. dramatic
    characteristic of a stage performance
  111. active
    voice in which a sentence's subject functions as an agent
  112. passive
    voice when a sentence's subject is the patient of the action
  113. legend
    a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
  114. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  115. manifesto
    a public declaration of intentions
  116. fluency
    skillfulness in speaking or writing
Created on June 28, 2012 (updated August 21, 2012)

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