Grade 6: List 7

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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Full list of words from this list:

  1. synonym
    a word that expresses the same or similar meaning
    There are appropriate synonyms for “president,” including “chief executive.”Washington Post (Jun 19, 2020)
  2. structure
    the building of something and the arrangement of its parts
    Joyce is also using the novel's structure and language to experiment with form and challenge established ideas of what literature should look like.Salon (Jan 1, 2022)
  3. cause
    any entity that produces an effect
    Scientists are ultimately exploring cause and effect-how changes to one part of the world can cause other things to change.The Thing About Jellyfish
  4. effect
    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
    Whatever spell the witch had tried to cast apparently had no effect.Fablehaven
  5. problem
    a question raised for consideration or solution
    “Speaking of solving problems,” said Miss K, “do you think fighting is a good way to settle arguments?”Ralph S. Mouse
  6. solution
    the successful action of solving a problem
    I’m not ready to talk about my solution to the choir problem.Muffled
  7. pro
    an argument in favor of a proposal
    We threw a couple names around, discussed pros and cons, and our personal opinions started to emerge.Courage to Soar
  8. con
    an argument opposed to a proposal
    We threw a couple names around, discussed pros and cons, and our personal opinions started to emerge.Courage to Soar
  9. theme
    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary work
    Reading 2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.Music and the Child
  10. title
    the name of a work of art or literary composition
    “Go down to the library and fetch me a book. The title is A Children’s Garden of Verses. Surely you can manage that?”Ophie's Ghosts
  11. tone
    a quality that reveals the attitudes of the author
    And in English, I raise my hand when Ms. Singh asks someone to explain the difference between mood and tone.How to Disappear Completely
  12. topic
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
    “First of all, if you have not yet picked a topic for your science report, please, please come and talk to me after class. You should be well into researching it by now.”The Thing About Jellyfish
  13. trustworthy
    worthy of trust or belief
    “So it’s important for us to have a trustworthy resource that gets them factual information that they can trust about their case.”Washington Post (Aug 26, 2018)
  14. visualize
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    She closed her eyes and tried to visualize it, a cup filling to the brim.Beasts of Prey
  15. website
    a set of pages on the internet organized as a single unit
    I opened the Harvard website on my phone and searched for Professor Thomas’s name.From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Created on July 19, 2022 (updated August 30, 2022)

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