• Fireflies Vocabulary

    infer - [verb  in-fur] verb (used with object), inferred, inferring.

    to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from

    premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.


    conflict - [noun kon-flikt]

    a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.  Controversy; quarrel:

    conflicts between parties.


    conclude - [verb    kuh n-klood]

    to bring to an end; finish; terminate:

    to conclude a speech with a quotation from the Constitution.

    excerpt - [noun ek-surpt] 

    a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract. 

    He studied an excerpt from the play to prepare for his audition.


    Setting - [noun  set-ing] 

    the act of a person or thing that sets. The surroundings or 

    environment of anything: The garden was a perfect setting 

    for the house.


    scene - [noun seen] 

    the place where some action or event occurs:

    He returned to the scene of the crime.


    denial - [noun  -  dih-nahy-uh l]

    an assertion that something said, believed, 

    alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he

     had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent's charges.


    suspense - [noun  - suh-spens] 

    undecided or doubtful condition, as of affairs:

    For a few days matters hung in suspense.


    sequential - adjective [si-kwen-shuh l]

    1.characterized by regular sequence of parts.
    2.following; subsequent; consequent.

    Please put the dates in sequential order.


    avoidance – noun - [uh-void-ns]

    1.The act of keeping away from
    Because she disliked math, she practiced avoidance in class.

    visualize – verb - [vizh-oo-uh-lahyz] 

    to recall or form mental images or pictures.

    His coach wanted him to visualize the ball going through the basket.

    resolve – verb - [ri-zolv] 

     to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something):

    Leslie and Jess needed to resolve their problem with Janice Avery.


    envy – verb - [en-vee] 

     desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else).

    Jess began to envy the relationship Leslie had with her father.


    eager – adjective – [ee-ger] 

    keen or ardent in desire or feeling; 

    impatiently longing

    I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.


    summary – noun – [suhm-uh-ree]

    a comprehensive and usually brief review of facts or statements.

    I was giving a summary to the teacher of my book for my DRA.


    chart – noun – [chahrt] 

    a sheet exhibiting information in tabular


    Mr. M. was going to make a chart for our reading data.


    dynasty – noun - [dahy-nuhstee; 

    British also din-uh-stee]

    a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group.  The Giants will be considered a dynasty if they win the World Series again. 


    third person - noun

    The third person point of view is a form of storytelling in which a narrator relates all action in third person, using third person pronouns such as "he" or "she."    Bridge to Terabithia is a wonderful story told in third person.


    first person – noun

    First person narrative is a point of view (who is telling a story) where the story is narrated by one character at a time. This character may be speaking about him or herself or sharing events that he or she is experiencing    I stopped and glanced at the clock is an example of 1st person.


    second person – noun

    Second person is a point of view (how a story is told) where the narrator tells the story to another character using the word 'you.' The author could be talking to the audience, which we could tell by the use of 'you,' 'you're,' and 'your.‘     Second person point of view is very rare.  It is a story told as if you, the reader(s), are in the story.


    schema – noun   [skee-muh] 

    an underlying organizational pattern or

     structure; conceptual framework:  A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the event he/she experiences.


    dialogue – noun [dahy-uh-lawg, -log] 

    the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.     Ms. Edmunds and Jesse were

    partaking in a dialogue.


    emphasize – verb [em-fuh-sahyz] 

    special stress laid upon, or importance

     attached to, anything  to emphasize a point; to emphasize 

    emotion with an exclamation point.


    fluency – adjective \ˈflü-ən(t)-sē\ 

    the ability to speak easily and smoothly; especially : the ability to speak a foreign language easily and effectively    The strong reader displayed excellent fluency.

    analysis – noun [uh-nal-uh-sis] 

    this process as a method of studying the   nature of something or of determining its essential features and            their relations: the grammatical analysis of a sentence.


    synthesis – noun [sin-thuh-sis]  

     the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities

     into a single or unified entity.  We begin to use synthesis when we combine our lives with the story we are reading


    origin – noun [awr-i-jin]  

     ancestry; parentage; extraction to be of Scottish origin.


    narrator – noun [nar-ey-ter] 

    a person who gives an account or tells the story of events,experiences, etc.

    Mr. M. was the narrator and Johnny

     played the part of Jesse Aarons.


    definition – noun [def-uh-nish-uh n]  

    the formal statement of the meaning or     significance of a word,  phrase, idiom, etc., as found in dictionaries.

    The definition for that word can be found

    in any dictionary.


    author – noun [aw-ther]   

    a person who writes a novel, poem, essay,    etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a         compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.


    Simile – noun [sim-uh-lee]

    a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.”. 

    metaphor – noun [met-uh-fawr] 

    a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in           order to suggest a resemblance, as in “I am a rock.  I am an island.”.  

    Poem – noun [poh-uh m]

    a composition in verse, especially one that is  characterized by a highly  developed artistic form and by the                    use of heightened language and rhythm to express an intensely imaginative interpretation of the subject.