• Homework:

    Students are expected to read for 20 minutes each night as homework.  Students are expected to read at least 1 chapter book each 9 weeks.  Once students have finished their book, let Mrs. Chinn know.  They will be given a 10 question quiz on the book they read.  The score on this quiz will be their homework grade for the 9 weeks.  Homework counts as 10% of their grade.  To make reading more enjoyable and build fluency, students are encouraged to use the "Learning Ally" application.  This app can be downloaded onto a computer from learningally.org or download the free app on a phone or tablet.  The username is first name.last name with no spaces.  The password is ftking with no capital letters or spaces.

    Weekly Vocabulary:

    Students have been given a copy of the vocabulary words and definitions that will be covered each week.  We will review the words at least twice during the week.  However, students are expected to study as homework.  It is suggested that students create flash cards.  There will be a vocabulary test every Friday.

    Words for the week of January 16th-19th.  Test will be given on January 19th.

    Connotation - meaning suggested by a word beyond its definition, what a reader believes the word means

    Consonance - repetition, at close intervals, of final consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words

    Couplet - a rhymed pair of lines

    Dialect - a major subdivision of a language

    Dialogue - conversation carried on by the characters in a literary work

    Elegy- usually a lyric poem on death or some other somber subject

    Epic - a long narrative poem recounting the exploits of larger-than-life character in important and heroic acts

    Euphemism - use of a less direct, less offensive word or phrase

    Fable - a short, simple story that teaches a lesson.  It usually includes animals that talk and act like people

    Farce - literature based on a highly humorous and highly improbable plot

    Fiction - writing from a writer's imagination.  It can be inspired by actual events or completely made up.

    Figurative Language - using figures of speech to heighten meaning i.e. metaphor, simile, personification

    Flashback - interruption in the narrative to show an episode from the past

    Foil - someone who serves as a contrast or challenge to another character

    Folk Tale - the customs, legends, songs, annd stories of a people or nation once handed down in the oral tradition

    Foreshadowing - a hint to the reader of what is to come

    Genre - a form or type of literature:  novel, short story, poem, play, etc.

    Humor - a quality that provokes laughter or amusement

    Hyperbole - an extreme exageration

    Idiom - in language, a customary expression that is not taken literally, "the icing on the cake" or "he bought the farm"

    Words for the week of January 22nd - January 26th

    Imagery - the sensory details that relate to the senses and create pictures in our minds

    Invocation - calling upon a divine power for aid.  Many poems begin with an invocation asking for inspiration

    Irony - a contrast between what appears to be and what really is

    Jargon - language of a trade or profession

    Memoir - a form of autobiographical writing in which a writer shares his or her own personal experiences and observations of significant events or people.

    Meter - a regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a poem

    Monologue - in drama, an extended speech by one person alone, with or without an audience

    Mood - the emotions the literature makes the reader feel

    Moral - a lesson that a story teaches

    Myth - a traditional story connected with religion of a people usually explaining something in nature

    Non-fiction - writing about real people, places, things, and events.  Essays, news stories, speeches, etc.

    Novel - a long work of fiction

    Ode - a lyric poem usually composed in complex stanza form and generally intended to praise or commemorate

    Onomatopoeia - words that sound like the thing being spoken about, Boom, Crack, Sizzle, Screech

    Parable - a brief fictional work that teaches a lesson

    Paradox - statement that seems contrasting to common sense yet may be true:  "Coach said it was a good loss."

    Paraphrase - rewording

    Parody - a form of literature intended to mock a particular literary work or its style, a comic effect is intended

    Personification - giving human qualities to non-living objects

    Week of January 29th - February 2nd 

    Plagiarism - LITERARY THEFT, when a writer duplicates another writer's work without giving proper credit

    Poet Laureate - the officially recognized or chief poet of a nation

    Poetic Devices - terms used to describe features of a poem

    Poetry - a kind of rythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our emotions and imagination.  is usually arranged in lines, often has a regular pattern of rythm, and has a regular ryme scheme.

    Point of View - the relationship between the teller of the story and the characters in it.

    Prose - literary writing not marked by rhyme or meter

    Protagonist - main character

    Pun - a play on words; a humorous way to use a word

    Repetition - repeating a word or phrase to stress its importance, especially in poetry

    Rhetoric - the art of persuasion by speech or writing

    Rhyme Scheme - pattern of rhyme in a stanza

    End Rhyme - the rhyming of words at the ends of lines of poetry

    Internal Rhyme - a rhyme that happens inside a line of poetry (use a log to hit a hog)

    Rhythm - the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables

    Rising Action - the stage of the plot that develops the conflict, or struggle

    Satire - a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing the way things are

    Short Story - a work of fiction that centers on a single idea and can be read in one sitting

    Simile - A comparison using like or as, "quiet as a mouse" and "shaking like a freshly caught trout"

    Soliloquy - in drama, a speech in which character does not address others, but rather speaks aloud to himself

    Sonnet - a type of short poem, usually 14 lines, popular in English since the Renaissance