A saying or sentence where the first letter
of each word in the saying will help you remember how to spell a word,
or the order of things. Two examples of acrostics are:
1. A Rat
In The House
The Ice Cream
- the first letter of each word spells ARITHMETIC
2. My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us
Nine Pizzas - Helps you remember the order of the planets (Mercury,
Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)
|Adjective ||A word that describes a noun. |
They tell how many, what kind or which one.
|Adverb ||A word that describes a verb. |
They tell how something happened, when it happened, where it happened,
or how much happened.
|Alliteration ||Repeating the beginning sounds |
in a word, like Reading and Writing
are Really Rad!
|Antonym ||Words whose meanings are opposite, |
like stop and go.
|Autobiography ||Telling a story about your own |
|Bibliography ||A list of people, books, magazines, |
web sites and other resources that you used to create a report.
|Biography ||Telling a story about someone |
|The supporting, or detail |
sentences that help explain or describe the topic sentence
|Book Review ||A summary of a book you read |
sharing your thoughts and feeling about the book.
|Collecting ideas on a subject. |
|Business Letter ||A letter written to someone to |
get information, or to talk about a problem.
|Caption ||A brief summary or description |
of the importance of a picture, graph, or diagram.
|Character ||A person, animal, or make believe |
creature that is part of a story, play or poem.
|The summary or conclusion |
sentence at the end of a paragraph
|Compound Sentence ||Two or more sentences put together |
using the words and, but, or or.
|Consonant Blend || |
When two or more consonants are combined
together, at the beginning of a word:
|Consonants ||All the letters in the alphabet, |
except for a,e,i,o, and u.
|Descriptive Paragraph ||A paragraph that describes a |
person, a place, a feeling or an idea.
|Dialogue ||When the characters in a story |
are speaking - usually dialogue is in quotation marks.
|Editing ||Carefully checking for |
any mistakes you made.
|Essay ||A group of paragraphs telling |
facts about one main idea
|Expository Paragraph ||A paragraph that gives information |
on a topic, or steps explaining how to do something.
|Family Stories ||Important people, places and |
events that really happened in your own family.
|Fantasy ||A story that combines normal |
life with imaginary events.
|Friendly Letter |
|A letter that you write to a |
friend or your family.
|Grammar ||Rules of a language. |
|Graphic Organizer |
|Ways to organize your thoughts |
before you start writing. There are many different kinds of graphic organizers
including lists, charts, webs, cluster diagrams, and time lines.
|Historical Fiction ||A made up story that uses real |
events and people to tell a story about a time from the past.
|How-To or Directions |
|Giving step by step information |
or directions on how to make or do something.
|Interview ||Asking a person or a group of |
people questions about their lives and experiences.
|Journal ||A diary or record of events, |
feelings and thoughts, usually arranged by date.
|Letter Body ||The main message of the letter. |
|The ending of your |
letter. Some examples of a closing are Love, Sincerely, or Yours
|Letter Heading ||The part of a letter, usually |
in the upper right corner, that has your address and the date.
|Letter Signature ||Signing your name after the closing |
of a letter.
|Metaphor ||Comparing two different things |
without using the words like or as.
|Moral ||The lesson of a story. |
|Myth ||An imaginary story that helps |
explain events in nature.
|Narrative Paragraph ||A paragraph that tells a story. |
|Narrator ||The person or character that |
tells and explains a story.
|Newspaper Byline ||The name of the person who wrote |
the newspaper story.
|Newspaper Headline ||The title of the newspaper story |
that tells the main idea of the story.
|Observation ||Describing in writing what something |
looks like, sounds like, smells like and feels like.
|Onomatopoeia ||Words whose sounds imitate or |
make you think of their meaning, like buzz, sizzle and hiss.
|Palindrome ||A word or phrase that is spelled |
the same forwards as it is backwards, like mom, and Ma handed
|Paragraph ||A group of sentences |
that tell about one main subject. There are 4 main types of paragraphs.
1.Desriptive 2.Narrative 3.Persausive 4.Expository
|Personal Narrative |
|A true story about yourself. |
|Personification ||Describing something that isn't |
human with human characteristics.
|Persuasive Paragraph ||A paragraph that tells your opinion |
and tries to convince the reader to agree with you.
|Play ||A story told using a narrator |
and conversation between characters.
|Plot ||The main events in a story. |
|Poem ||A group of words written in a |
|Prefix ||A group of letters that comes |
before a base or root word that change the meaning of the word.
|Prewriting ||What you do before you |
write, choose a topic, gather ideas and resources.
|Proofreading ||Reading what you wrote |
to look for mistakes.
|Publishing ||When you share your |
final writing with other people.
|Realistic Story ||Made up stories that could be |
|Revising ||Making changes that |
improve your writing.
| Rough |
|The first organized |
writing of the topic that you do.
|Run-On Sentence ||Two or more sentences put together |
without punctuation or connecting words.
|Sentence Fragment |
|A sentence that is missing the |
subject, the verb, or both.
|Simile ||Comparing two different things |
using the words like or as.
|Skimming ||Getting the main idea of a story |
by looking quickly for the main topics and ideas. You can look at titles,
headings, bold and italic words, and picture captions.
|Subject ||The main idea of your |
writing. There can be a subject in a sentence, paragraph, an essay or a
|Suffix ||A group of letters that comes |
after a base or root word that change the meaning of the word.
|Summary ||Retelling the main idea of a |
story by briefly writing about the main topics.
|Synonym ||Different words that have the |
same meaning, like big, large and enormous.
|Tall Tales ||Stories that really exaggerate |
a hero - the hero can do anything and beat anybody!
|The sentence, usually |
at the beginning of a paragraph, that tells what the main idea of the paragraph
|Verb ||The word in a sentence that does |
|Vowels ||Five of the letters in the alphabet: |
a, e, i, o, and u. Sometimes the letter y is also a vowel,
like in the word sky.