Since we are not reading a literature book right now, I researched vocabulary on the SAT and the high school literature class syllabus. Here are vocabulary lists I’m using right now.
Week 1: (16 words)Patronizing, Expectant, Accusatory, Respectful, Reluctant, Tentative, Assertion, Witty, Rebuke, Stealth, Denotation vs. Connotation, Genre (also look up different types of literary genres – great site with worksheets : http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/genre/ ), Imagery (also look up different forms of imagery (auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory at http://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/imageryterm.htm ), figurativly vs. literally.
Literary Genre – source http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/genre/ (this is a great website, check it out for more information and downloads)
- Fiction: writing that is a product of the imagination.
- Historical Fiction: based on or around a person or event from history.
- Science Fiction: dealing with aliens, the future, or advanced technology.
- Fantasy: containing monsters, magic, or other supernatural elements.
- Realistic Fiction: a story that could have happened, but didn’t.
- Nonfiction: writing that is true or factual.
- Informational Writing: writing that provides information on a topic.
- Persuasive Writing: writing that attempts to influence the reader.
- Autobiography: the story of one’s life told by oneself.
- Biography: the story of someone’s life told by someone else.
- Drama: writing that appears as a play or script.
- Comedy: has a happy ending.
- Tragedy: ends in death and sadness.
- Poetry: writing that is concerned with the beauty of language
- Folklore: stories that were handed down through the oral tradition.
- Fairy Tale: a story with magic, monsters, and/or talking animals.
- Fable: a very short story, usually with talking animals and has a moral.
- Myth: has gods or goddesses and often accounts for the creation of something.
- Legend: a story based on something that might have once been real, but has since become exaggerated beyond the realm of nonfiction.
- Tall Tale: stories usually set in the American frontier where the main character has exaggerated strengths, skills, or size. The tone of the author is humorous.