Elementary Academic Words

Words for students from kindergarten to grade 8, each grade has 4 lists: art, math, science, and social. They are essential vocabulary for elementary academic classes.

Grade 5: Word List - Language Art

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argument  Read Word
a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
bias  Read Word
preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
business letter  Read Word
a letter dealing with business
cinquain  Read Word
a five line poetic form which consists of 2, 4, 6, 8 then 2 syllables
colon  Read Word
a punctuation mark used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation
compile  Read Word
get or gather together
conduct  Read Word
direct the course of; manage or control; lead or guide
confirm  Read Word
support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify
context clue  Read Word
sources of information outside of words that readers may use to predict the identities and meanings of unknown words
coordinating conjunction  Read Word
a conjunction (like `and' or `or') that connects two identically constructed grammatical constituents
editor  Read Word
the person who determines the final content of a text, especially of a newspaper or magazine
elaborate  Read Word
marked by complexity and richness of detail; done with care and in minute detail
evaluate  Read Word
judge; examine and judge carefully; appraise
expand  Read Word
become larger in size or volume; grow stronger; add details
flashback  Read Word
return in time;a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene
generalize  Read Word
reach conclusion; become systemic and spread throughout the body
hypothesis  Read Word
assumption; theory
lyric  Read Word
short poem of songlike; expressing deep personal emotion
myth  Read Word
legend; fable; a traditional story accepted as history
narrative poem  Read Word
a form of poetry which tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well
nominative pronoun  Read Word
pronouns that are usually the subject of a sentence, like I, you, he
objective pronoun  Read Word
a personal pronoun that is used typically as a grammatical object: the direct or indirect object of a verb, or the object of a preposition
origin  Read Word
the first existence or beginning of anything; birth; fountain
personification  Read Word
representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
persuade  Read Word
advise; counsel; urge the acceptance or practice of; convince
possessive pronoun  Read Word
pronoun indicating possession, for example mine, yours, hers, theirs
present  Read Word
being in existence; something presented as a gift; period of time that is happening now
propaganda  Read Word
organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles
publish  Read Word
make public; make known to mankind, or to people in general
scan  Read Word
make a wide, sweeping search of; examine
skim  Read Word
pass near surface of; brush surface of; glide swiftly along surface of; read or examine rapidly, in order to cull the principal facts
stereotype  Read Word
fixed and unvarying representation; conventional and oversimplified conception
subordinating conjunction  Read Word
a conjunction (like 'since' or 'that' or 'who') that introduces a dependent clause
tall tale  Read Word
an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
tone  Read Word
the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)