6th Grade Language Arts Vocab from Common Core State Standards – 36 Words

antagonist

someone who offers opposition

protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

epilogue

a short speech by an actor at the end of a play

legacy

a gift of personal property by will

lore

knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote

time

the continuum of experience in which events pass to the past

environment

the totality of surrounding conditions

interview

the questioning of a person ; often conducted by journalists

plot

a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

etymology

a history of a word

alibi

proof that someone accused of a crime could not have done it

deductive reasoning

reasoning from the general to the particular

evidence

knowledge on which to base belief

inductive reasoning

reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

inference

drawing a conclusion on the basis of circumstantial evidence

investigator

someone who inquires carefully

mystery

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

problem solving

the thought processes involved in solving a problem

red herring

diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

sleuth

a detective who follows a trail

suspect

regard as untrustworthy

victim

an unfortunate person who suffers from adverse circumstances

witness

someone who sees an event and reports what happened

idiom

expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words

fly in the face of

go against

fly off the handle

get very angry and fly into a rage

flying colors

complete success

imagery

the ability to form mental pictures of things or events

meter

a basic unit of length (approximately 1.094 yards)

metaphor

a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity

simile

a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

onomatopoeia

using words that imitate the sound they denote

memoir

an account of the author’s personal experiences

personification

attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas

realism

the attribute of accepting the facts of life
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