8th Grade Language Arts Vocab List from Common Core State Standards – 32 Words

allegory

a short moral story

character witness

a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives

connotative

having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit

dialogue

a conversation between two persons

drama

a work intended for performance by actors on a stage

explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

figurative

not literal

film noir

a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters

flashback

a transition in a story to an earlier event or scene

genre

a kind of literary or artistic work

hero

someone who fights for a cause

heroine

the main good female character in a work of fiction

humor

a message that has the power to evoke laughter

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

irony

incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs

literal

limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

monologue

a dramatic speech by a single actor

mood

a characteristic state of feeling

perspective

a way of regarding situations or topics

point of view

a mental position from which things are perceived

preconceived notion

an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence

satire

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

screenplay

a script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets

script

something written by hand

setting

the physical position of something

staging

a system of scaffolds

symbolism

the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning

theme

the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

tone

the distinctive property of a complex sound

travelogue

a film or illustrated lecture on traveling

white horse nettle

weedy nightshade with silvery foliage and violet or blue or white flowers; roundish berry widely used to curdle milk; central United States to South America

writing style

a style of expressing yourself in writing
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