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.

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affix
a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
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analogy
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
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antagonist
one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent
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antecedent
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent); preceding in time or order
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appositive
relating to or being in apposition
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characterization
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features; a graphic or vivid verbal description
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clause
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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conventions
practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction
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criticism
a written evaluation of a work of literature; disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
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dialect
vocabulary that is for a specific group of people
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end rhyme
the form of rhyme (rhyming) which uses sameness of sound of the last words of lines from the vowels in their stressed syllables to their ends
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exposition
exhibition; part of a play that provides the background information; opening section of a fugue
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falling action
the events of a dramatic or narrative plot following the climax
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footnote
a printed note placed below the text on a printed page; add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
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foreshadowing
indicate by signs
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graphic organizer
a communication tool that uses visual symbols to express knowledge, concepts, thoughts, or ideas, and the relationships between them.
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interpretation
explanation; performer's distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music
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irrelevant
not applicable; unrelated; having no connection with
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literal
according to the letter or verbal expression; exactly as stated
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modifier
a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
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mythology
study of myths; collection of myths
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narration
the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
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narrative writing
any account of connected events, presented to a reader or listener in a sequence of written or spoken words, or in a sequence of pictures
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passage
the motion of one object relative to another; the act of passing from one state or place to the next
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perspective
appearance of things; view, outlook, or vista
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phrases
an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
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plagiarism
theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original
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predicate adjective
adjective that modifies the noun or a pronoun in a sentence
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predicate nominative
a word in the nominative case that completes a copulative verb, such as son in the sentence Charlie is my son
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protagonist
principal character in a work of fiction; main character in a drama; leader of a cause; champion
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references
a remark that calls attention to something or someone; the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
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rising action
a part of a book or play in which more things start to happen, the rising action leads to the climax
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sentence combining
combine two or more simple sentences to form a more complex or sophisticated sentence.
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sentence structure
the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
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summarize
give a summary of; be a summary of
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symbolism
practice of investing things with symbolic meaning; system of symbols or representations
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synthesize
integrate; compose; combine so as to form a new, complex product
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viewpoint
a place from which something can be viewed; a mental position from which things are viewed