Language Arts Glossary

acknowledge To cite the source of information in a written piece.

address To speak to, to deal with.

adequate Sufficient, competent, satisfactory.

advance To put forward, propose.

allusion An indirect reference to something assumed to be familiar.

analytic Noting relationships, reasoning from the interrelations of a subject.

anticipate To foresee, to realize beforehand.

appropriate Consistent with accepted standards, suited to an end or purpose.

cluster A group of the same or similar elements.

cohesive Consistent, tending to unify.

complex Composite, intricate, complicated.

concrete Precise, specific.

contain To have within, to include, to have as component parts.

contemporary In existence now, present, current, present-day.

convey To communicate or make known.

craft To construct, create.

create To produce through artistic or imaginative effort.

creative Original, inventive, innovative.

credible Worthy of belief because of precision; valid, convincing, true.

credit To acknowledge work done, to cite.

effective Producing a desired effect, efficient.

exclude To reject, to prevent from being included or considered.

expository Explanatory, interpretive.

figurative language Use of figures of speech, symbolic language.

genre Type or class, classification of literature.

good penmanship Readable formation of letters, the art of handwriting.

high frequency word A word that appears many more times than others in ordinary reading materials.

idiomatic Pertaining to expressions of language that do not mean what they literally say.

interpretive Serving to explain, explanatory.

K-W-L A reading comprehension strategy to determine what a student knows, wants to know and has learned.

list To itemize, to make a list of.

maintain To support, sustain.

meaningful Effectively conveying meaning, feeling or mood; important, significant.

metaphor A figure of speech in which a comparison is implied by analogy, but not stated.

paraphrase To restate text or passage in another form or words.

personal experience First-hand experience.

perspective View, outlook.

preserve To keep or maintain intact.

reflective Characterized by or disposed to serious thought; contemplative, deliberative.

relate To give account of, describe, report.

relevant Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.

résumé A brief written account of personal, educational and professional qualifications and experience.

scaffold To build one idea upon another.

sensory Pertaining to the senses.

simile A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared.

skim To look through reading matter casually.

symbolism Attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events or relationships.

traditional Conventional.