A free collection of student friendly literary terms! Literary term game cards that are fun to study and incorporate into board games that require dice. This is an ongoing project that I would like input on. I will complete a collection of students friendly literary glossary term game cards for each grade level.The list below is the start of the master list of literary terms I will be working on. If you see a literary term that is not listed please email me and I will add it to the list.
story elements (character, setting, plot) | The who, what, where and why--the parts that make up a story.
conclusion | The part that brings something to an end or didecision that is made after looking at all the facts.
Fifth and Sixth Grade Reading and Language Arts Academic Vocabulary Common Core State Standards: Tier 3 Vocabulary
alliteration | Repeating the same sounds at the beginning of words for two or more words in a row.
Many men may meet monthly.
Girls gladly go gliding.
|The Legendary Lands|
comparative | A form of an adjective or adverb which compares one thing to another.
He is taller than his father.There is less water in Arizona than in Louisiana.
coordinating conjunctions | Coordinating conjunctions connect words, phrases, and clauses.
The bowl of cereal is hot and delicious. (The coordinating conjunction is "and.")
excerpt | A passage, quotation, or segment taken from a longer work, such as a literary or musical composition, a document, or a film. Mr. Taylor's Eclectic Spelling Book has excerpts from many books and poems.
fiction | Books and stories that come from the imagination of the writer. Novels, short stories, detective mysteries and science fiction are fiction.
foreshadowing | Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story.
There are many examples of foreshadowing in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
graphic organizer | A graphic organizer is a you can use to help you plan what you're going to write.
Mr. Taylor does everything he can to get students to organize their thoughts using a graphic organizer before they start a writing.
homonym (also called a homophone) | Words that are spelled and pronounced the same way, but have different meanings. The metal lead and the verb lead are homonyms.
hyperbole | Extreme exaggeration or overstatement, especially in written work. Adalberto used hyperbole when he told the class the fish he caught was big as a shark.
idiom | An accepted expression in a given language that is not grammatically standard or cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual constituents. She heard is straight from the horse's mouth is an example of an idiom.
interjections | Words, exclamations or phrases inserted into a sentence, often expressing an emotion.
introductory paragraph | The first paragraph of an article or student writing should be attention grabbing and make the reader want to finish the article or story. The introductory paragraph of an article on polar bears might get your attention by telling you that the estimated number of polar bears has grown from 5,000 to 25,000 between the 1950 and 2000.
magazine | A publication, generally published on a regular schedule (weekly, twice-monthly, monthly, etc.)
Time is a news magazine that has been published weekly for about 80 years.
main point | The most important idea in a piece of writing. a speech or a lecture.The main point in Mr. Taylor's lecture was that students will be held responsible for completing their assignments.
moral | A moral is the lesson (don't steal, don't cheat, be nice, etc.) to be learned from a story or event.
One moral in the Aesop's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare is that "slow and steady wins the race."
myth | A traditional story that tries to explain nature (origin of man, disease, volcanoes, storms, floods, etc.) in which the main characters are gods and heroes.
In one Greek myth Zeus, the most powerful god, was afraid his wife Metis would give birth to a god more powerful than he was, so he swallowed Metis.
main idea/stated and implied | The main idea is the most important point in a piece of writing or a lecture. The main idea can be clearly explained (i.e., stated), or hinted at (i.e., implied).The main idea of Mr. Taylor's Reading Boot Camp is stated to be improving student reading abilities sothey can read to learn.
figure of speech that uses an image or story represent an idea or quality.
Her eyes were glistening jewels is a metaphor.
narrative | A narrative is a story that describes a series of fictional or non-fictional events.
Yatzari's narrative of her experience on the roller coaster held our attention.
narrator | The character within a story who tells the story, or a person who tells the story to an audience.
Alivia was the narrator for the 4th grade class play.
news | Current events presented on TV, the internet, twitter, in newspapers or magazines, or shared by word of mouth. More people get their news from TV and the internet than from newspapers.
novel | A novel is a long, fictional story. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a novel.
onomatopoeia | A word that imitates the sound it describes. Cuckoo, hiccup, zoom, bang, beep, splash and vroom are examples of onomatopoeia.
parts of speech | In grammar, categories of words. Nouns and verbs are parts of speech.
personification | Giving animals, objects or concepts human characteristics.
Cartoon animal characters who talk and act like humans are examples of personification.
persuade | Convincing yourself or another to adopt an idea, attitude, or action using logic.
Sydney tried to persuade Frida to join the Rio Vista band.
Isaac tried using persuasion to get Hector to play soccer.
purpose Purpose is a result, end, aim or goal of an action. The purpose of flash cards is to learn words by reading them over and over.
plot | The order of events in a story.The plot of a novel or story deals with what happens to the main character.
point of view/perspective | Writer's (or your) view of the world consisting of opinions, beliefs and experiences. It is Mr. Taylor's point of view/perspective that reading boot camp will improve your reading ability.
prompt | In a writing assignment, the subject you are told to write about. "What I did during my summer vacation" used to be a common prompt the first day of a new school year.
punctuation marks (colon/semi-colon) | Colon is the punctuation mark (:) used before a long quotation, explanation, example, or list of items. A semi-colon (;) is a punctuation mark used most often to separate closely related clauses in a sentence. Mr. Taylor expects at least three things from his students: 1) their attention; 2) completion of assignments; and 3) respect for other members of the class.
reference book | A source of information in book form, such as a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas or thesaurus. The best reference book for finding synonyms is the thesaurus.
reports | To give information (usually written or spoken) about something (person, place, thing, theory, etc.) to other people. Our science reports are due in the spring.
resolution | Resolution has many meanings, one of which is to set a personal goal.
Mr. Jones' New Year's resolution was to run a mile every day this year.
resource | In education, a resource is something or someone that helps you learn.
The smart board is a resource that Mr. Taylor uses to get excited about learning.
root words ( as aids in determining meaning) | The basic word upon which other words are formed.
The meaning of new words can often be determined by identifying the root word
The root word of saddlery is saddle, so I can guess that saddlery has something to do with saddles.
rhythm | A regularly occurring physical motion or pattern of speech.
Many poems have an interesting rhythm.
simile | A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by using the words "like," "as," or "than." Cristian seemed to run as fast as a speeding bullet.
stanza | In a poem, a grouping of lines set off by a space. Here are two stanzas of a poem:
Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.
summarize | To state briefly. We summarize the main idea of each chapter in our writing journals.
summary | A brief statement or account covering the main idea. Each chapter summary in our writing journal must include at least five sentences.
superlative | Superior to or better than all others, of highest quality or supreme, usually a using a word ending in -est. Mt. McKinley (Denali) is the highest mountain in North America.
thesaurus | A reference containing synonyms and antonyms. The thesaurus says synonyms for small include petite, little , wee, tiny and teeny.
The board consists of 18 mythical and legendary lands with an ocean at its center. Some lands are named and others are to be named by the new explorers of “The legendary Lands”. The lands have a numerical value of 5 florins to 100 florins based on strategic locations and previous development. The value of the land is used to determine taxes paid to players at the end of game rounds. As the game progresses, players use florins to build, Railway Spurs, Sky Ships, Train Stations, Aerodromes, Universities, Sky Villages, Libraries, Sea Ports, Governments, and Sky Libraries or … use your imagination. Each player begins the game with 250 florins, one randomly selected conveyance ticket, 1 professor, and 4 students on any 5 florin land.
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