9th Grade English/Language Arts

30 Academic Words from 9th Grade English

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  1. allegory
    a short moral story
  2. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
  3. analogy
    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity
  4. argument
    a dispute where there is strong disagreement
  5. assonance
    the repetition of similar vowels in successive words
  6. conflict
    an open clash between two opposing groups
  7. consonance
    the property of sounding harmonious
  8. counterargument
    an opinion offered in opposition to another position
  9. dramatic
    characteristic of a stage performance
  10. dialogue
    a conversation between two persons
  11. figurative
    not literal
  12. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  13. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  14. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  15. meter
    a basic unit of length (approximately 1.094 yards)
  16. monologue
    a dramatic speech by a single actor
  17. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  18. personification
    attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  19. plot
    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
  20. poetic
    of or relating to verse, or literature in metrical form
  21. poetry
    literature in metrical form
  22. point of view
    a mental position from which things are perceived
  23. prose
    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
  24. resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  25. rhythm
    an interval during which a recurring sequence occurs
  26. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  27. soliloquy
    speech you make to yourself
  28. stanza
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
  29. symbolism
    the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning
  30. theme
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  31. thesis
    an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument
  32. tone
    the distinctive property of a complex sound
  33. universal
    applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
Created on December 18, 2009 (updated April 23, 2010)

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