5th Grade Academic Word List: Literacy/Language Arts

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  1. bias
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
  2. bibliography
    a list of writings with time and place of publication
  3. citation
    an official award usually given as formal public statement
  4. cite
    make reference to
  5. climax
    the highest point of anything
  6. colon
    the part of the large intestine between the cecum and rectum
  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
  11. focus
    the concentration of attention or energy on something
  12. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  13. icon
    a visual representation produced on a surface
  14. idiom
    expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
  15. independent clause
    a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence
  16. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  17. narrative
    an account that tells the particulars of an act or event
  18. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  19. personification
    attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  20. plagiarism
    taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
  21. point of view
    a mental position from which things are perceived
  22. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics
  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
  26. style
    how something is done or how it happens
  27. symbolism
    the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning
  28. synthesize
    combine and form a complex whole
  29. thesis
    an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument
  30. voice
    the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds
Created on December 21, 2009 (updated April 19, 2012)

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