8th Grade Language Arts Vocab List 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. allegory
    a short moral story
  2. character witness
    a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives
  3. connotative
    having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit
  4. dialogue
    a conversation between two persons
  5. drama
    a work intended for performance by actors on a stage
  6. explicit
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
  7. figurative
    not literal
  8. film noir
    a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
  9. flashback
    a transition in a story to an earlier event or scene
  10. genre
    a kind of literary or artistic work
  11. hero
    someone who fights for a cause
  12. heroine
    the main good female character in a work of fiction
  13. humor
    a message that has the power to evoke laughter
  14. implicit
    suggested though not directly expressed
  15. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  16. literal
    limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
  17. monologue
    a dramatic speech by a single actor
  18. mood
    a characteristic state of feeling
  19. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics
  20. point of view
    a mental position from which things are perceived
  21. preconceived notion
    an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence
  22. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  23. screenplay
    a script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets
  24. script
    something written by hand
  25. setting
    the physical position of something
  26. staging
    a system of scaffolds
  27. symbolism
    the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning
  28. theme
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  29. tone
    the distinctive property of a complex sound
  30. travelogue
    a film or illustrated lecture on traveling
  31. white horse nettle
    weedy nightshade with silvery foliage and violet or blue or white flowers; roundish berry widely used to curdle milk; central United States to South America
  32. writing style
    a style of expressing yourself in writing
Created on February 28, 2011 (updated February 28, 2011)

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