Know Your ELA Terms

Created By: Chanel Harris

Connotation and Denotation

Connotation: is the associations that are connected to a certain word or the emotional suggestions related to that word.

Example, You Are a Dog /meaning you are ugly or morally detestable.


Denotation: the literal meaning of a word.

Example, You Are a Dog / meaning you are actually a dog.


The difference between the two is denotation is the literal sense of the word, While connotation is its figurative meaning.

http://www.teachertube.com/video/connotation-and-denotation-150785

Point of View

Point of view: is the angle of considering things, which shows us the opinion, or feelings of the individuals involved in a situation.

Example, There are many example for point of view such as first person, second person, third person limited, third person omniscient.


First Person: first person point of view involves the use of either of the two pronouns I and we.

Example, I felt like I was getting drowned with shame and disgrace.


Second Person: Second person point of view employs the pronoun you.

Example, sometimes you cannot clearly discern between anger and frustration.


Third Person Limited: Is that the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character.

Example, All characters are described using pronouns such as they, he, and she.


Third Person Omniscient: the thoughts and feelings of multiple characters can be shared through this god-like point of view.

Example: Jake was mad a Jill. He blames her. Jill knew Jake would be mad, bet she wanted to live her life.


The point of views are different due to how people are viewed.

Simile and Metaphor

Simile: Is a comparison of two object using like, or as.

Example, After that meal I feel as fat as a pig.


Metaphor: is a comparison of two objects not using like or as.

Example, My brother is boiling mad.


Although they both have comparison between two objects, they are worded differently due to the words they use.

Types of Poetry

Lyric Poetry: A short poem of song like qualities.


Epic Poem: Is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation.


Narrative Poem: is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters


All of these poems don't have rhythm!!!

Commonplace Assertion, Opinion, Fact

Commonplace Assertion: Is a assertion that is held to be true by most people but not backed up with facts.

Example, America is the most free country


Fact: Is something that can be proven by observation, or experience.

Example, My name is Chanel Harris.


Opinion: Is a statement that cannot be proven:

Example, Beyonce is the prettiest women in the world.


The difference between these terms is fact can be proven and opinion can't be.