• Main Idea (n.) – One sentence that states the topic and adds the writer’s position or focus on the topic.<The main idea of the text can usually be found in the topic sentence.>


    Biography (n.) - text of another person's life <The biography of Mr. Walsh for the newsletter was written by his wife.>


    Autobiography – text of a person’s life written by that person. <President Clinton wrote an autobiography called My Life.>


    Analyze (v.) – To study a text or find out the relationship of its parts. To get deeper into the text. <Analyze the text to find the main idea.>


    Details (n.) – A small part or a text which supports the Main Idea <The details of the story were small but added up to an amazing adventure.>


    Subjective (adj.) – A statement of opinion. <Mr. Walsh’s wife is the most beautiful woman in the universe .>


    Objective (adj.) – A statement of fact. <Mr. Walsh is a teacher.>


    Text (n.) – The words of a work of literature. <Please find the main idea within the text.>


    Summary (n.) – Taking a large text, making it smaller and putting into your own words (usually 2-4 sentences). <Summarize what the author is trying to say in the story.>


    Theme (n.) – The message or moral of a text of one sentence, NOT ONE WORD (it cannot have any part of the story or characters in it. You must be able to use it for other texts. <Friendship helps us survive problems is a theme of the Harry Potter series.>


    Explicit (adj.) – Clear and obvious.<The teacher’s rules were explicit -- Be eleemosynary to everyone).>


    Infer (v.), Inference (n.) – A predicted of what is going to happen based on evidence. <There was a loud crash in the kitchen and Johnny's mother ran in, panicked. She saw little Johnny with a cookie in his hand and the shattered cookie jar at his feet. From this, she could infer little Johnny had broken it while snatching himself a treat.>

    Topic (n.) -- one word that captures what a text is about (sometimes two words). <The topic of the speech was bears.>
    Significant (n.) -- important. <Dancing and soccer were significant in her life.>