Important Terms

:::::Writing Terms:::::
- Thesis Statement: A thesis statement has a limited subject that relates to a topic, an action verb, and a controlling idea. It is placed at the beginning of a paragraph.
- Clincher Statement: A clincher statement draws everything to a close and relates back to the beginning.
- Major and Minor Supports: Major supports include the main ideas that support topic sentence and considered the “meat and potatoes.” Minor supports are specific details that support the major support.
- Coherence: An essay has coherence when everything makes sense and the order is correct.
- Transition: Moving from paragraph to paragraph with correct words such as “Then…”, “At first…”

:::::Grammar Terms:::::
- Eight Parts of Speech:
1. Verb: action or state
2. Noun: person, place, or thing
3. Adjective: describes a noun
4. Adverb: describes an adjective, verb, or adverb
5. Pronoun: replaces a noun
6. Preposition: links a noun to another word
7. Conjunction: joins clauses or sentences or words
8. Interjection: short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentence.
- Phrases: Any small group of words within a sentence or clause.
- Clause: A group of words that contains a subject and a predicate represented by the verb.
- Parallel Structure: Similar ideas expressed in similar ways.
:::::Literary Terms:::::
- Personification: giving human qualities to a non-human object.
- Imagery: figurative or descriptive language.
- Foreshadow: to indicate a future event.
- Simile: comparing usually using like or as.
- Metaphor: a word or phrase that literally means one thing but is meant as another (i.e. a sea of troubles).
- Allusion: alluding to another literary work or an event or person, ect.
- Conflict: what makes a story interesting.