Language Arts Vocabulary


Comedy – humorous, or in the time of Shakespeare a play that ended happily.
Non-fiction – a true story
Poet – the author of a poem
Fiction – a made up story
Genre – the type of story
Draw a conclusion – after reading the entire passage, use clues to make a decision about the story
Narrative – telling a story
Simile – comparing two things using like or as
Theme – the message of the story
Summarize – give a brief description of the story (S.W.B.S.TH)
Cause – the reason something happens
Text – written words
preface/prologue – an introduction
Rhyme scheme – a pattern of rhyming words in a poem
Playwright – a person who writes a play
Tragedy – a story that ends unhappily
Protagonist – the good guy
Resolution – solving a problem
Antagonist – the bad guy
Evidence – proof that you are correct

Hook – gets the reader’s attention and makes them want to keep reading

Synonym – words that have the same meaning

Sequence – in the correct order

Contrast – how two things are different
Conflict – a problem
Climax – the most intense/exciting part of the story
Stanza – similar to a paragraph, found in poetry
Antonym – words that have opposite meanings
Compare – how two things are the same
Point of view – who is telling the story
Inference – using clues from the passage to make an educated guess
Line – similar to a sentence, found in poetry
Plot – events in a story
Effect – results or consequences of an action
Tone – the attitude of the author (tone of voice)