Vocabulary For Reading Unit 1 Poetry: Poetry creates word pictures, describes moments, or expresses feelings



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Vocabulary For Reading


Unit 1

Poetry:  Poetry creates word pictures, describes moments, or expresses feelings. 

Verse:  One line in a poems.  Many verses create a stanza.

  Rhyme:  Rhyme is created when 2 words have the same ending      sound.

  meter:  Meter is the number of syllables in a line or verse.  

  theme:  them is the message or image created by the poem that the  writer wants the reader to understand.  

Drama:  Drama is a story that is acted out in front of people, or an audience.  A drama can be a play, a puppet show, a song, or a dance story that a person on stage performs for a group of people. 

  characters:  The list of characters at the beginning of the play tells who   will be appearing in the play.  Some plays have a narrator.  

  setting:  The setting is when and where the play takes place.  Many    plays have more than one setting.  

  descriptions:  Descriptions are related to the setting of the play, what    has already happened before the play begins or how the characters are  feeling before the first lines of dialogue.  

  dialogue:  The dialogue is the lines of text the characters speak in the  play.  The characters' names appear before the lines they speak.  

  stage directions:  Stage directions tell the actors what to do.  They tell  actors where to go on the stage, how to move, and how to say their lines.  

  theme:  Theme is the lesson or message of a play.  

Prose: Everyday writing, stories, essays, and articles.

characters: The people, animals, etc. in the story

setting: when and where the story takes place

plot: the events that take place during a story

point of view: who is telling the story

first person point of view: when the person telling the story is a character in the story

third person point of view: when the person telling the story is not a character in the story

theme: the message or lesson of the story

mood: the feeling the author creates using story details, the setting, and images.



Genre- all of the different types of books/stories that we read.

Nonfiction- writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history.

  • Informational- books that provide facts about a variety of topics such as sports, animals, jobs, and weather.

  • Resource- where you go to find information on a specific topic.

  • Biography- A story of a real person’s life written by another person.

  • Autobiography- A story of a real person’s life written by that person.

  • Fiction- something made up, a story that is not fact.

  • Science fiction- stories that often tell about science and technology of the future, usually set in space, in the future, on a different world, or in a different universe or dimension.
  • Historical fiction- made up stories centered around the basis of a partially historical situation.


  • Realistic fiction- stories that take place in modern times and the characters are involved in events that could happen.

  • Fables- a fiction story that involves animals that can talk and it teaches a lesson.

  • Fantasy- a fiction story that is not realistic like talking animals, magical powers, possibly involving mythical beings.

  • Fairytale- a children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.

Mystery- a novel involving strangeness, solving a puzzling event or situation, something unknown, solving a crime, or centered around a person who investigates wrongdoing.

Poetry- a genre involving stanzas and oftentimes rhymes.

Drama- a play

Text Structure: How a writing piece is organized
Chronological Order- the story is organized by dates and times. (ex. timeline)
Comparison and Contrast- the story looks at similarities and differences of things. (Ex. Venn Diagram).
Cause and Effect- there are causes- occurrences, and they have effects on characters (ex. hard work= success).
Sequential Order- the story follows a step by step pattern (ex. food recipe).

Problem and Solution- there is a conflict/ problem, and a solution is presented.

Order of Importance- the most important information goes first, followed by less important information.




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