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PSSA Terms Sky Pilots


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Subject area
An organized body of knowledge; a discipline; a content area.
Context clues
Information from the reading that identifies a word or group of words.
A word that is the opposite of another word.
Know when what one is reading or writing is not making sense; adjust strategies for comprehension.
How an author writes; an author's use of language; its effects and appropriateness to the author's intent and theme.
The basic argument advanced by a speaker or writer who then attempts to prove it; the subject or major argument of a speech or composition.
The process or result of identifying the parts of a whole and their relationships to one another.
An implied or indirect reference in literature to a familiar person, place or event.
The method an author uses to reveal characters and their various personalities.
A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content (e.g., prose, poetry).
Restate text or passage in other words, often to clarify meaning or show understanding.
A story, actual or fictional, expressed orally or in writing.
One of two or more words in a language that have highly similar meanings (e.g., sorrow, grief, sadness).
Examine and judge carefully.
Reading critically
Reading in which a questioning attitude, logical analysis and inference are used to judge the worth of text; evaluating relevancy and adequacy of what is read; the judgement of validity or worth of what is read, based on sound criteria.
The fluency, rhythm and liveliness in writing that makes it unique to the writer.
Literary devices
Tools used by the author to enliven and provide voice to the writing (e.g., dialogue, alliteration).
Conventions of language
Mechanics, usage and sentence completeness.
The clear, easy, written or spoken expression of ideas. Focus: The center of interest or attention.
Place together characters, situations or ideas to show common or differing features in literary selections.
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
Literary structures
The author's method of organizing text (e.g., foreshadowing, flashbacks).
Graphic organizer
A diagram or pictorial device that shows relationships.
Literary elements
The essential techniques used in literature (e.g., characterization, setting, plot, theme).
A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
Figurative language
Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling.
Point of view
The way in which an author reveals characters, events and ideas in telling a story; the vantage point from which the story is told.

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