Common Terminology For Middle School Writers

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In the name box, please list your period, and then your last name, and then your first initial. For example, if my name was John Doe and I had English 3rd period, I would put 3 Doe, J.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Writing that explains is...
    • A. 

      Descriptive

    • B. 

      Expository

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Persuasive

  • 2. 
    Writing that persuades is...
    • A. 

      Descriptive

    • B. 

      Expository

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Persuasive

  • 3. 
    Writing that tells a story is...
    • A. 

      Descriptive

    • B. 

      Expository

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Persuasive

  • 4. 
    Writing that describes is...
    • A. 

      Descriptive

    • B. 

      Expository

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Persuasive

  • 5. 
    What is the word for "the order of events as they occur in a narrative"?
    • A. 

      Tone

    • B. 

      Mood

    • C. 

      Plot

  • 6. 
    What do we call this part of the plot:  when the author of a narrative gives the setting, background, and characters?
  • 7. 
    What do we call this part of the plot:  the major problem that has to be solved or overcome?
  • 8. 
    The _____ _____ is the part of the plot which includes the events leading up to the climax, and they are usually suspenseful events.
  • 9. 
    The ____ is the most exciting part of the story, or the turning point; the conflict's end becomes clear at this point in the plot.
  • 10. 
    The ____ _____ is the part of the plot including events after the climax, when the tension of conflict eases.
  • 11. 
    The ____ is the part of the plot which shows the way the story ends, and it often shows how the conflict is resolved or solved.
  • 12. 
    What's the name given to the intended group or person who will read, view, or hear a piece of writing?
  • 13. 
    What do we call the device a writer uses to conclude a persuasive piece?  It is when the writer asks the audience to do or believe something.
    • A. 

      Audience asker

    • B. 

      Call to action

    • C. 

      Persuasion concluder

  • 14. 
    What is it called when two or more characters are speaking, usually in quotation marks and usually in a narrative?
    • A. 

      Quoting

    • B. 

      Dialogue

    • C. 

      Soliloquy

    • D. 

      Monologue

  • 15. 
    What do we call the author's attitude towards the subject or the way the author feels about something in the writing?
    • A. 

      Tone

    • B. 

      Mood

    • C. 

      Opinion

    • D. 

      Plot

  • 16. 
    What do we call the way an author makes his or her reader feel?
    • A. 

      Tone

    • B. 

      Plot

    • C. 

      Mood

    • D. 

      Setting

  • 17. 
    The ____ is the attention grabbing beginning of a piece of writing. (There is more than one right answer.  Just put one of them.)
  • 18. 
    The ___ ___ is the sentence which contains the main idea of a single paragraph.
  • 19. 
    The ___ ___ is the conclusion sentence of a single paragraph.
  • 20. 
    ____ are words or phrases used to link one paragraph to another paragraph or one sentence to another sentence. 
  • 21. 
    An _____ paragraph is the first paragraph of a mulit-paragraph piece, and it usually includes the thesis.
  • 22. 
    A ___ paragraph is one of the paragraphs in a multi-paragraph piece, between the introduction and the conclusion.
  • 23. 
    The ___ paragraph is the last paragraph of a multi-paragraph piece, and it intentionally draws the piece to a close.
  • 24. 
    The ___ is the main idea of a piece, usually written in a single sentence.  It is the GPS of the paper, which helps to organize the other sentences.  Generally, it is in the introduction paragraph.
  • 25. 
    This means "debatable and subject to change."
    • A. 

      Opinion

    • B. 

      Fact

    • C. 

      Elaboration

    • D. 

      Figurative language

  • 26. 
    This means "not debatable or subject to change."
    • A. 

      Opinion

    • B. 

      Fact

    • C. 

      Elaboration

    • D. 

      Figurative language

  • 27. 
    This is any supporting detail which makes an image more specific.
    • A. 

      Opinion

    • B. 

      Fact

    • C. 

      Elaboration

    • D. 

      Figurative language

  • 28. 
    This includes the literary devices which are not literal, such as metaphors, similes, and personification.
    • A. 

      Opinion

    • B. 

      Fact

    • C. 

      Elaboration

    • D. 

      Figurative language

  • 29. 
    What do we call it when you give proper credit to your source? (There are two answers which have this meaning, and you should mark them both to get credit.)
    • A. 

      Citation

    • B. 

      Reference

    • C. 

      Paraphrase

    • D. 

      Summary

  • 30. 
    When you use parentheses to cite a source within one of your own paragraphs, what is it called?
    • A. 

      Plagiarism

    • B. 

      Bibliography

    • C. 

      Parenthetical documentation

    • D. 

      Works cited

  • 31. 
    What do you call a listing of all the sources you used in a research project?
    • A. 

      Plagiarism

    • B. 

      Bibliography

    • C. 

      Works cited

    • D. 

      Parenthetical documentation

  • 32. 
    What do we call the page that we attach to the end of a research paper which lists the sources cited within?
    • A. 

      Plagiarism

    • B. 

      Bibliography

    • C. 

      Parenthetical documentation

    • D. 

      Works cited

  • 33. 
    What do we call it when people cheat by using someone else's work -- words, ideas, or images -- as if they were their own?
    • A. 

      Bibliography

    • B. 

      Works cited

    • C. 

      Plagiarism

    • D. 

      Parenthetical documentation

  • 34. 
    What do we call it when we restate someone else's ideas in our own words, and in about the same number of words?
    • A. 

      Paraphrase

    • B. 

      Summary

    • C. 

      Reference

    • D. 

      Citation

  • 35. 
    What do we call it when we restate someone else's ideas in our own words, but in much fewer words?
    • A. 

      Paraphrase

    • B. 

      Summary

    • C. 

      Reference

    • D. 

      Citation