What's that word?
Parts of a Story
Vocabulary
Reading Detective Work
What is it?
100
skiied 


I skiied down and around the mountain.

verb

100
what happens in a book or story: the events that happen to the characters

plot

100

An adjective that means hard-working. 

Industrious

100

text clues + your background knowledge =

an inference

100
snowman

compound word

200

time

December is the time to think back on the year.

noun

200
What a story or piece of writing is mostly about: the point. 

Main idea

200

the top point of a mountain or hill

summit

200

figuring out what a word means based on the text around it or the context in which it is used

context clue

200

and, because, or

conjunction

300

slowly

The stars slowly appeared and twinkled on the snow.

adverb

300
implied lessons we can learn from a character's experience

morals

300

extremely cold

frigid

300

direct comparison using like or as

simile

300

Winter is cold, but it is really fun!

compound sentence

400

is

Dec 21 is the shortest day of the year.

verb

400

The general idea or insight about life the author wishes to express.

Theme.

400
an object from the past that is important to history

artifact

400

breaking the rules of grammar on purpose, for effect

artistic license 

400

sentence-building

a hyphenated word

500

cold

I am so cold, my teeth are chattering!

adjective

500

The point of a story after the climax but before the ending.

Falling Action.

500

trying something in vain, hopelessly and futilely

Futilely

500

a direct comparison: the clouds are dancing

metaphor

500

The snow fell and we were happy because school was canceled. 

complex sentence

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