Here is a list of terms we have covered this year...
This is our online dictionary - you can cut and paste it to your own computer or print it off for handy reference...

Terms to know

Abstract noun PART OF SPEECH name of concept, state, quality etc eg humility, discovery, peace
Adjective PART OF SPEECH describes 'what kind of' noun, eg MERRY child, DISTURBING news
Adverb PART OF SPEECH gives the how, where or timeframe of a verb, eg walked STIFFLY and SLOWLY HOME
Alliteration SOUND TECHNIQUE repeats a consonant for effect: hard sounds - e.g. straight, strong strokes...or soft - e.g. liquid, flowing lines
Ambiguity/ambiguous -double meanings, text which can be understood in more than one way
Assonance SOUND TECHNIQUE repeats a vowel sound for effect: eg cool, blue moon (long vowels) or can of black jam (short)
Clause group of words with a finite verb; can be a simple sentence, or part of a complex sentence e.g. which was not entirely the truth
Cliché overused expression e.g tall, dark and handsome...
Colloquial LEVEL OF USAGE informal everyday expression
Conjunction PART OF SPEECH connecting word (connects clauses) e.g. He came although it was raining
Connotation underlying emotion or idea associated with a word
Consonant sounds made with teeth, tongue, lips (i.e. not open, vowel sounds)
Denotation literal dictionary meaning of a word
Dialect language associated with a particular group or place, with distinctive sounds and expressions (E.g a cockney accent)
Ellipsis ... = uncertainty, a pause, or something omitted from a quote
Emotive having emotional overtones
Figurative not literal - picture language e.g. as proud as a peacock
homonym - spelt differently, sounds the same e.g. which, witch
Hyperbole exaggerated expression e.g. extreme, massive
Idiom a figurative phrase understood for its non-literal meaning e.g. chip on the shoulder, knee-jerk reaction
Imagery word pictures using figuarative language ...
Level of usage from slang to formal
Metaphor a figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another by saying it is that thing e.g.
Mood the emotion conveyed in a text e.g lighthearted, serious
Narrative voice the person telling the story e.g. author, chatacter etc
Onomatopoeia sound and meaning match e.g. smash
Paradox/paradoxical text that seems to have contradicory ideas - but still true
Person 1st 2nd 3rd different point of view of writing e.g. me and I (1st), you (2nd) and them (3rd)
Pun a play on words e.g. Hoof-hearted (horse name), often in headlines, often involves homonyms
Rhetorical question a question not intended to be answered e.g. What is death like?
Sarcasm ironically scornful language
Satire humerous critisism ( to pay something out)
Simile poetical comparison of one thing with another using the words 'like' or 'as'.
Sonnet A 14 line, fixed writing scheme/poem
Synonym Meaning the same as... e.g. big-huge
Tone the attitude of the composer to his subject: eg flippant, informative
Verb doing, being or having word - needed in every complete sentence