List of Nonfiction Vocabulary Words #Reading #Literacy #Education

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You may wonder what qualifies me to offer up a list of nonfiction vocabulary terms. In the 20+ years that I’ve been employed as an educator, I have written reading curricula that has been used by two different school districts, and I’ve taught nonfiction literacy to fifth through eleventh graders.

Furthermore, when the state of Idaho established its first state-wide standardized tests, the materials I was using at that time were collected for the creation of our standardized tests, since the school where I was working at the time was one of 20 schools selected and surveyed for state-wide curricular analysis.

So now that we’ve established that I’ve got the credentials to create a nonfiction vocabulary list worth sharing, here’s the list of vocabulary terms I use when teaching nonfiction:

Nonfiction Vocabulary for High School English:

  • Inference
  • Explicit
  • Implicit/Imply
  • Point of View
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Author’s Motive
  • Author’s Bias
  • Authenticity
  • Propaganda
  • Primary Source
  • Thesis
  • Summary
  • Details
  • Biographical
  • Autobiographical
  • Chronological Order
  • Works Cited vs. Bibliography
  • Paraphrase
  • Plagiarism
  • Quotation
  • Parenthetical Citation
  • Angle Brackets vs. Square Brackets (and their purposes)
  • Writing Prompt
  • Endnotes
  • Footnotes
  • Superscript
  • Ellipses (and how they’re used when quoting a source)
  • Nonfiction Graphic Novel
  • Rhetoric
  • Evidence
  • Formal Outline

Nonfiction Vocabulary for Middle School Reading Classes:

  • Wikipedia
  • Hyperlink
  • URL
  • Worldbook Encyclopedia
  • Guide Words
  • Reference (the section in a library)
  • Dewey Decimal Classification System
  • Front Matter
  • Title Page
  • Subtitle
  • Publisher’s Information (and where it’s located in a book)
  • Table of Contents
  • Textbox
  • Caption
  • Illustration
  • Graphic
  • Graph
  • Chart
  • About the Author
  • Back Matter
  • Appendices/Appendix
  • Index
  • Timeline
  • Diagram
  • Biography
  • Autobiography




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