Essential WORDS to Know

Middle School Language Arts

Grades 6-8

(M)= Marzano  words

Literary Analysis

Writing Process

Writing Applications

alliteration (M)

analyze

antagonist

assonance (M)

author’s perspective

author’s purpose(M)

autobiography (M)

ballad (M)

biography (M)

character (M)

climax (M)

compare

conflict

connotative meaning(M)

consonant

consonance (M)

contrast

denotative meaning(M)

dialect (M)

dialogue (M)

drama (M)

essay (M)

exposition (M)

external conflict

fable (M)

fiction (M)

figurative language

flashback (M)

folktale

foreshadowing (M)

genre (M)

hyperbole (M)

idioms (M)

imagery (M)

infer (M

internal conflict

irony (M)

anecdote (M)

argumentation

audience

autobiography (M)

brainstorming (M)

conclusions (M)

conferencing

conventions (M)

description (M)

drafting (M)

editing (M)

elaboration (M)

etymology (M)

extensions

extraneous information(M)

final copy

focus

graphic organizer (M)

ideas

introduction (M)

journal entry

KWL

lead

mechanics of language(M)

organization (M)

outline (M)

paragraphs (M)

parallelism

personal interests

plagiarism (M)

pre-writing (M)

prior knowledge

proofreading (M)

publishing (M)

punctuation (M)

purpose (M

repetitious

revising (M)

advertisements (M)

appeal to authority

business letter (M)

cinquain

comparison/contrast

controlling idea

creative

dialogue (M)

diamante

editorial

emotional appeal

essay (M)

expository/informational writing

figurative language (M)

figurative speech (M)

found poem

free verse

friendly letter (M)

grammar in context

haiku

historical fiction (M)

invitation (M)

letter of complaint

letter of request (M)

letter to the editor

limericks

mini-lesson

narrative

narrative poem

news articles

persuasive

plays

public service announcement

research report/project

rhythm (M)

short stories (M

skit

song lyrics

 

legend (M)

main idea

metaphor (M)

meter (M)

mood (M)

myth (M)

narrative poem

narrator (M)

nonfiction (M)

onomatopoeia (M)

oxymoron

paraphrase (M)

personification

plot (M)

poetry

point of view (M)

prediction

prefixes (M)

primary source (M)

propaganda (M)

prose

protagonist

repetition

resolution (M)

rhyming pattern/scheme

rhythm (M)

rising action

sarcasm (M)

secondary source (M)

setting

short story (M)

simile (M)

sound

stanza

suffixes (M)

supporting details

symbolism (M)

theme (M)

tone (M)

rough draft

sensory details

sentence fluency

support

thesis statement (M)

title (M)

topic sentence (M)

transitions (M)

Venn diagram

voice (M)

word choice

writer’s notebook

writing connections

speech (M)

supporting argument

tanka