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 8: Word List - Language Art

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agreement  Read Word
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; the determination of grammatical inflection on the basis of word relations
allegory  Read Word
symbolic representation of abstract ideas or principles in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form
allude  Read Word
refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
allusion  Read Word
indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
annotation  Read Word
a comment or instruction (usually added); the act of adding notes
assonance  Read Word
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
attributes  Read Word
construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
coherence  Read Word
logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts; state of cohering or sticking together
coherent  Read Word
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
consonance  Read Word
the property of sounding harmonious
counter argument  Read Word
an argument or set of reasons put forward to oppose an idea or theory developed in another argument
cross-reference  Read Word
a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
deductive reasoning  Read Word
reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
derivation  Read Word
the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
dramatization  Read Word
conversion into dramatic form; a dramatic representation
elaboration  Read Word
production by gradual process; act of working out with great care in detail
excerpt  Read Word
passage or segment taken from a longer work, such as literary or musical composition
generalization  Read Word
an idea having general application; reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
gerund  Read Word
a noun formed from a verb (such as the `-ing' form of an English verb when used as a noun)
gerund phrase  Read Word
begin with a gerund, an ing word, and will include other modifiers and/or objects
implication  Read Word
something hinted at or suggested; act of implying; condition of being implied
inductive reasoning  Read Word
reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
infinitive phrases  Read Word
begin with an infinitive, it will include objects and/or modifiers
internal rhyme  Read Word
a rhyme between words in the same line
jargon  Read Word
language used by a special group; technical terminology; nonsensical or meaningless talk
participial phrase  Read Word
a word group consisting of a present or past participle and any modifiers, objects, and complements
participles  Read Word
word formed from a verb and used as an adjective or a noun
persuasive  Read Word
capable of convincing; having the power to induce action or belief
preface  Read Word
something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay
rebuttal  Read Word
proving to be false or incorrect; response with contrary evidence
sarcasm  Read Word
cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound; stinging rebuke; form of humor by mocking with irony
sensory detail  Read Word
words and phrases that help readers see, hear, taste, feel, or smell what the author is describing
subplot  Read Word
plot subordinate to the main plot of a literary work or film
target audience  Read Word
the primary group of people that something, usually an advertising campaign, is aimed at appealing to
techniques  Read Word
a way of carrying out a particular task, esp. the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure
thesis statement  Read Word
appears near the beginning of a paper, and it offers a concise solution to the issue being addressed
vignette  Read Word
unbordered picture, often a portrait; decorative design placed at beginning or end of book or chapter; short literary sketch