the traditions and achievements of a group of people heritage
text that builds up a claim or backs up your ideas support
to read between the lines infer
to shorten a text and give only the main points summary
to list in steps trace
to judge evaluate
to make an educated guess based on prior knowledge and text evidence predict
to tell in your own words explain
to create or put together formulate
to tell about in details describe
to break apart and study each individual part analyze
to tell the differences of two or more things contrast
to tell the similarities of two of more things compare

12 Powerful Words Crossword


trace list in steps
analyze break apart
infer read between the lines
evaluate judge
formulate build create
describe tell about it
support back it up
explain tell how
summarize short version
compare alike
contrast different
predict what will happen next

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STAAR Vocabulary Review Crossword


the most exciting point in the story climax
a sound word onomatopoeia
comparing two things using like or as simile
a piece of text that is not real fiction
if we read and understand the text, the questions are _______ easy
a type of organizational text structure that uses dates chronological
words that have similar meanings synonyms
words that have opposite meanings antonym
the ending of the story where conflict is resolved resolution
the problem in the story conflict
the time and location in which a story takes place setting
a type of conflict that only involves one character internal
a type of conflict that happens between a character and some type of negative force external
when people are speaking to each other dialogue
unspoken parts of a drama that tell characters where to go or how to act stage directions
a statement that is true and can be proven fact
a personal belief that cannot be proven to be true opinion
compares two things without using like or as metaphor
gives human characteristics to objects or non human things personification
repeating the same beginning sound alliteration
a point of view that uses pronouns such as I, we, me, my, us first person
organizational text structure that tells how things are similar or different compare and contrast
the lesson or moral of a story theme
using text evidence and prior knowledge to make a _____ inference
hints in the text that predict the future foreshadowing
a feeling the reader feels during the most exciting parts of a book/story suspense
when authors use your senses to paint a picture of what is happening in the story imagery
point of view that uses pronouns such as you, your second person
point of view that uses pronouns such as he, she, him, her, they, them third person



What is a group of letters at the beginning or ending of a word called affix
A word that means the opposite of another word antonym
A type of writing in which the writer tries to convince argument
Tell the ways two things or ideas are different contrast
Follow the steps, follow the ideas, follow the path of thoughts trace
To add reasons, evidence or examples support
to quickly read without deeply thinking skim
to change the ideas or organization of a writing revise
Story writing is called ______ narrative
Writing that explains is called _______. expository
The high point of a story or narrative climax
A small part of a larger text is called an ________ excerpt
Proof that something is true is called _________ evidence
An educated guess based on evidence. inference
To fix mistakes in a writing edit
two or more characters talking in a story dialogue
word that means the same thing as another word synonym
To create or put together formulate
To tell the main idea, the beginning, middle and end summarize
any brainstorm or work you do before writing prewrite
The sequence or order of events in a story plot
what someone thinks or feels about a topic opinion
to break into parts and then explain those parts analyze
When you use examples to show your thinking you are __________ explaining
the judge something and tell the good and bad about it is to ______- evaluate
words that describe and explain what something looks, sounds, smells or feels like sensory
to retell in your own words paraphrase
To use a direct word or sentence from an article is called a ________ quote
to paint a picture with words describe

Power verbs Crossword


to break apart analyze
to show by means of a picture illustrate
to outline trace
what will happen next predict
tell about it explain
make a long story short summarize
use examples to show how things are different contrast
use examples to show how things are alike compare
tell all about it describe
a good guess infer
to judge in your own words evaluate
to give reasons and facts why support
give clear definition or meaning define
show good and bad points give your reasoned opinion criticize
talk about issues from all sides discuss
group of words, sentences, or comments list
develop, create, put together and/or give steps formulate

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trace list in steps
predict what will happen next
analyze break apart
contrast ways things differ
infer read between the lines
compare ways things are similar
evaluate judge
formulate create
summarize short version
describe tell all about
explain to tell how
support back up with details

Elements of Literature Crossword


making an educated guess based on clues from the text and your own knowledge inference
part represents a whole- ex. my wheels have 
arrived synecdoche
the use of words that seem to imitate the sounds that they refer to onomatopoeia
an exaggerated statement, not meant to be taken literally hyperbole
the problem of the story(man vs man) conflict
the lesson or the message of the piece theme
the attitude or 'voice of the writer tone
used to introduce a list or draw attention to information that follows colon
determining the ways two or more things are different contrast
font used in Titles or to indicate special words itallicize
the most important idea of a story or paragraph main idea
the turning point in the action of the story climax

Strategic Words Crossword


A writer's position on an issue or problem. claim
To create something Formulate
To show to be right or just justify
Feeling or atmosphere the writer creates mood
A life learned lesson theme
To tell all about an event describe
Writing that persuades, informs or entertain Author's purpose
To read between the lines Infer
point of view of the author Author's perspective
To break apart or inspect closely analyze
Takes individual information; combine with other pieces to get a better understanding synthesize
Guide for citing proof from the text cite evidence
attitude towards a subject that the writer takes tone
A shortened version of the text Summarize
Implication of a word or its abstract meaning connotation
A dictionary definition denotation
To tell how something happened explain
elements that indicate the organizational structure of text text structure
To back up information with details support
An evaluation or critical review by a critic or reviewer critique
A memorable statement; a lesson taught moral
evidence that is thoroughly clear and understood explicit evidence
to judge something evaluate
Main idea; most important in the text main idea
to take notes annotate
to determine its accuracy check
evidence where there is no doubt implicit evidence
to show how something is different contrast
to show how something is alike or similar compare
to tell what may happen before it does predict
to list the steps trace
Proof evidence
a story narrative

English 2 crossword puzzle


a brief statement or account of the main points of something. Summary
combine (a number of things) into a coherent whole. Synthesize
Connecting background knowledge to what you are reading Making connections
of or relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses. Sensory
a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reason Inferences
examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of (something, especially information), typically for purposes of explanation and interpretation. Analyze
evidence from a text (fiction or nonfiction) that you can use to illustrate your ideas and support your arguments. Textual evidence
Refers to information that is implied or inferred because it's not clearly stated Draw conclusions
the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment Critical thinking
the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic. Theme
language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. Figurative language
the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry. Prosody
a piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure. Poem
elements are a strong visual means of indicating relationships. Graphic elements
literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature. Poetry
the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Symbolism
a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. Allegory
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference. Allusion

STAAR Reading Vocabulary Crossword


A group of letters added to the beginning of a root word to change the meaning Prefix
A short statement that gives the main ideas of something that has been said or written Summary
What the reader can figure out about the story using context clues. Inference
A made-up story Fiction
A true story about a person's life Biography
A comparison of two things using like or as Simile
A comparison of two things WITHOUT using like or as Metaphor
The reason the writer wrote something Author's Purpose
This is another way to say "tell" Express
A story, or description of events Narrative
A fiction story that could NOT happen in real life Fantasy
A story passed down from generation to generation Folktale
One line of poetry Verse
A group of lines that look much like a paragraph Stanza
The moral of a story Theme
The specific style of writing is the story's... Genre
Pictures, maps, captions, graphic organizers...anything provided except the text Text Features
To come to a final decision based on facts Conclude
A word that has the opposite meaning of another word Antonym
The order of something Sequence