6th Grade Language Arts Vocab from Common Core State Standards

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 texts.

www.commoncore.org Curriculum Map for 6th Grade

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  1. antagonist
    someone who offers opposition
  2. protagonist
    the principal character in a work of fiction
  3. epilogue
    a short speech by an actor at the end of a play
  4. legacy
    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 to the past
  7. environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  8. interview
    the questioning of a person, often conducted by journalists
  9. plot
    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
  10. etymology
    a history of a word
  11. alibi
    proof that someone accused of a crime could not have done it
  12. deductive reasoning
    reasoning from the general to the particular
  13. evidence
    knowledge on which to base belief
  14. inductive reasoning
    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  15. inference
    a conclusion you can draw based on known evidence
  16. investigator
    someone who inquires carefully
  17. mystery
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
  18. problem solving
    the thought processes involved in solving a problem
  19. red herring
    something intended to distract attention from the main issue
  20. sleuth
    a detective who follows a trail
  21. suspect
    regard as untrustworthy
  22. victim
    an unfortunate person who suffers from adverse circumstances
  23. witness
    someone who sees an event and reports what happened
  24. idiom
    expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
  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 pictures of things or events
  29. meter
    a basic unit of length (approximately 1.094 yards)
  30. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  31. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  32. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
  33. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  34. memoir
    an account of the author's personal experiences
  35. personification
    attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  36. realism
    the attribute of accepting the facts of life
Created on February 23, 2011 (updated February 28, 2011)

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