Grade 6: List 3

Vocabulary is key to performing well on Common Core-aligned tests for English Language Arts as well as for building literacy in social studies, science, and technical subjects. This collection features common tier-2 words that are taught and tested in Grade 6. These words are used in a variety of contexts, exhibit different shades of meaning based on those contexts, and appear commonly in classroom instruction and on standardized assessments.

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  1. convention
    something regarded as a normative example
    Language Arts 3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when speaking, reading, or listening.Music and the Child
  2. credible
    capable of being believed
    A CNN spokeswoman said the information was based on three credible sources and was changed as soon as sources provided new information.Reuters (Apr 19, 2013)
  3. source
    a document from which information is obtained
    “Well,” Mr. Bonner goes on, “if the person feels as though they have enough information—names, dates, access to primary sources like newspapers and photographs—they can seek out some truth that way.”Fast Pitch
  4. describe
    give an account or representation of in words
    Malala describes her childhood village in the mountains of Swat so clearly I can imagine the crisp clean air, waterfalls, and jagged cliffs with narrow suspension bridges.Amina's Song
  5. description
    a statement that represents something in words
    Once when I was in fourth grade, our teacher had made us write descriptions of each other.Missing May
  6. develop
    make something new, such as a product or a mental creation
    “Mr. Morrison, if we’re writing our own scripts, shouldn’t I have some say about the character I develop?”Watch Us Rise
  7. evidence
    knowledge on which to base belief
    There’s enough “primary source” evidence—the newspaper and journal—to piece all that together.Fast Pitch
  8. elaboration
    a discussion that provides additional information
    His only elaboration had been that they were “delightful people.”The Incredible Journey
  9. dialogue
    the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
    I reached for the script and flipped to the first page of dialogue.It All Comes Down to This
  10. draft
    any of the various versions in the development of a work
    I’m always curious about other artists and their habits, their unfinished drafts, their inspirations.I Can Make This Promise
  11. edit
    prepare for publication or presentation by revising
    Please edit this so we can add it to next week’s posting.Saints and Misfits
  12. editorial
    an article giving opinions or perspectives
    A few days later the Times- Herald ran an editorial titled “We Must Hear Marian Anderson.”The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
  13. effective
    producing or capable of producing an intended result
    Writing 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.Music and the Child
  14. beginning
    the first part or section of something
    None of us knew yet how many endings and beginnings one story could have.Harbor Me
  15. ending
    the last section of a communication
    None of us knew yet how many endings and beginnings one story could have.Harbor Me
  16. elaborate
    add details, as to an account or idea
    “I’m all right now,” I respond without elaborating.Finding Junie Kim
  17. essay
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
    Miss K suggested he could go to the library, look up facts about mice, and write an essay about them.Ralph S. Mouse
  18. establish
    show the validity of something, as by example or explanation
    She passes it to a man in the front of the crowd, in order to establish that it is solid.The Night Circus
  19. example
    an item of information that is typical of a class or group
    “Now, who can give an example of something that would be a personal attack, of what you shouldn’t do?”The Benefits of Being an Octopus
  20. excerpt
    a passage selected from a larger work
    The English papers carried excerpts of the senator’s speech and briefly mentioned my father.The Chosen
Created on July 19, 2022 (updated August 30, 2022)

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