6th Grade Vocabulary Words

Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

Learning new words can be fun! This lesson will take major vocabulary words from several subjects and explore them so that 6th grade students can get a better understanding of some new and exciting terms.

Word Power!

Why might a student want to study vocabulary? Well, we study vocabulary, or the words we use, in order to be more specific in our communication. When writing or speaking, we can use specific vocabulary in order to get the message across with a clearer understanding.

For example, telling someone that you are happy can mean so many things. What if you were more specific and said you were 'exuberant' or 'elated' or 'victorious?' Described below are some words that you may find useful.

Language Arts Terms

Protagonist - the main character in a work of fiction

  • Harry Potter was quite a memorable protagonist.

Antagonist - a character who opposes the protagonist

  • The evil antagonist tried as best as he could to defeat the hero.

Imagery - words used in a piece of writing that allow a reader to form mental images of people or things

  • The imagery in his descriptive story was so specific that the readers could really picture the setting.

Onomatopoeia - using words to imitate the sound that they make

  • The words 'buzz,' 'meow,' and 'sizzle' are all forms of onomatopoeia.

Memoir - a piece of writing about the author's own experiences

  • Barack Obama's memoir is an inspiring story about his life.

Personification - giving human-like characteristics to nonhuman objects

  • Saying 'the sun smiled as it awoke in the morning' is an example of personification.

Anecdote - a short story

  • She loved listening to her grandfather tell anecdotes from his childhood.

Onomatopoeia is using sound to make words.

Other Academic Vocabulary

Equivalent - equal to

  • Three feet are equivalent to one yard.

Objective - the aim or purpose; a goal

  • The objective of today's lesson will be to understand how to identify the main idea of a story.

Magnitude - size or importance

  • No one knew the magnitude of the tsunami until the water had receded.

Infinite - having no limits or boundaries

  • As far as scientists can tell, the universe is infinite.

Quadrilateral - a four-sided shape

  • Squares and trapezoids are two examples of quadrilaterals.

Climbing Mt. Everest can be very treacherous!

Just For Fun

Monotonous - boring or repetitive

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