Word

                                 Definition

represent

be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), esp. in an official capacity.  She became the first woman to represent her district.

explore

examine or evaluate (an option or possibility) : he met with Israeli leaders to explore new peace proposals.

reflect

think deeply or carefully about : he reflected with sadness on the unhappiness of his marriage

observations

a remark, statement, or comment based on something one has seen, heard, or noticed : he made a telling observation about Hugh.

clarify

make (a statement or situation) less confused and more clearly comprehensible : the report managed to clarify the government's position.

assess

evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of : the committee must assess the relative importance of the issues | [with clause ] it is difficult to assess whether this is a new trend.

discuss

talk or write about (a topic) in detail, taking into account different ideas and opinions : in Chapter Six I discuss problems that arise in applying Darwin's ideas.

interact

act in such a way as to have an effect on another; act reciprocally : all the stages in the process interact | the user interacts directly with the library.

extend

include within one's scope; be applicable to : her generosity did not extend to all adults. Expand in scope, effect, or meaning : we have continued to extend our range of specialist services.

themes

the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic : the theme of the sermon was reverence | a show on the theme of waste and recycling.

elaborate

both sides refused to elaborate on their reasons expand on, enlarge on, add to, flesh out, put flesh on the bones of, add detail to, expatiate on; develop, fill out, embellish, embroider, enhance, amplify.

feedback

information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement. we welcome feedback from the viewers response, reaction, comments, criticism; reception, reviews.

respond

make a response

constructive

helpful, productive, positive, encouraging; practical, valuable, profitable, worthwhile. serving a useful purpose; tending to build up :

alternative

one of two or more available possibilities

critically

expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art

conventions

expository

expository dialogue explanatory, descriptive, describing, explicatory, explicative, interpretative, exegetical.

simile

a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox).

• the use of such a method of comparison.

exaggeration

represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is : they were apt to exaggerate any aches and pains | [ intrans. ] I couldn't sleep for three days—I'm not exaggerating.

personification

the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

• a figure intended to represent an abstract quality : the design on the franc shows Marianne, the personification of the French republic.

onomatopoeia

the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle).

• the use of such words for rhetorical effect.

imagery

visually descriptive or figurative language, esp. in a literary work : Tennyson uses imagery to create a lyrical emotion.

description

a spoken or written representation or account of a person, object, or event : people who had seen him were able to give a description.

• the action of giving such a representation or account : teaching by demonstration and description.

textual cues

of or relating to a text or texts : textual analysis.

phrase

a small group of words standing together as a conceptual unit, typically forming a component of a clause.

line

a positioning or movement of a thing or things that creates or appears to follow such a line : her mouth set in an angry line | the ball rose in a straight line.

pattern

rhyming

narrative

a spoken or written account of connected events; a story : the hero of his modest narrative.

• the narrated part or parts of a literary work, as distinct from dialogue.

• the practice or art of narration : traditions of oral narrative.

suspense

foreshadowing

be a warning or indication of (a future event) : it foreshadowed my preoccupation with jazz.

flashback

protagonist

antagonist

setting

climax

denouement

concept mapping

synthesize

make (something) by synthesis, esp. chemically : man synthesizes new chemical poisons and sprays the countryside wholesale.

• combine (a number of things) into a coherent whole : pupils should synthesize the data they have gathered | Darwinian theory has been synthesized with modern genetics.

adjusting

adapt or become used to a new situation : she must be allowed to grieve and to adjust in her own way | his eyes had adjusted to semidarkness.

skimming

scanning

references

analysis

context clues

summarizing

prompt

template

diagram

index

insights

the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing : this paper is alive with sympathetic insight into Shakespeare.

• an understanding of this kind : the signals would give marine biologists new insights into the behavior of whales.

compare

compare something to) draw an analogy between one thing and (another) for the purposes of explanation or clarification : he compared the religions to different paths toward the peak of the same mountain.

predict

passage

paragraph

insert

connections

interrelationships

the way in which each of two or more things is related to the other or others : the interrelationship between the comprehension and production of early vocabulary.

subplot

a subordinate plot in a play, novel, or similar work.

flat character

round character

static

composition

dynamic

enhance

intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of : his refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation | computer techniques that enhance images.

convey

ommunicate (a message or information) : Mr. Harvey and his daughter have asked me to convey their very kind regards.

defend

speak or write in favor of (an action or person); attempt to justify : he defended his policy of imposing high taxes.

interpret

explain the meaning of

revise

reexamine and make alterations to

prediction

a thing predicted; a forecast

illustrate

explain or make (something) clear by using examples, charts, pictures,

fiction

literature in the form of prose, esp. short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people

non-fiction

prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history.

select

carefully choose as being the best or most suitable

process

a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end

obtain

get, acquire, or secure

almanac

an annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables.

distinguish

recognize or treat (someone or something) as different

topic sentence

a sentence that expresses the main idea of the paragraph in which it occurs.

pacing

the speed or rate at which something happens, changes, or develops

highlighting

pick out and emphasize or an outstanding part of an event or period of time

combining

unite; merge

coherent

be logically consistent

subordinate clauses

a clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause

clause

a unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate

meter

the rhythm of a piece of poetry, determined by the number and length of feet in a line

rhythm

the measured flow of words and phrases in verse or prose as determined by the relation of long and short or stressed and unstressed syllables.

tempo

the speed at which a passage of writing is to be read

engaged

occupy, attract, or involve (someone's interest or attention)

recurring

occur again, periodically, or repeatedly

diverse

showing a great deal of variety

demonstrate

show or express (a feeling or quality) by one's actions

perspectives

a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view

interpret

explain the meaning of

revise

reexamine and make alterations to

prediction

a thing predicted; a forecast

illustrate

explain or make (something) clear by using examples, charts, pictures,

fiction

literature in the form of prose, esp. short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people

non-fiction

prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history.

select

carefully choose as being the best or most suitable

process

a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end

obtain

get, acquire, or secure

almanac

an annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables.

distinguish

recognize or treat (someone or something) as different

topic sentence

a sentence that expresses the main idea of the paragraph in which it occurs.

portrayed

describe (someone or something) in a particular way