It’s the revolutionary English language arts study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest. Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . . .takes students from grammar to reading comprehension to writing with ease, including parts of speech, active and passive verbs, Greek and Latin roots and affixes; nuances in word meanings; textual analysis, authorship, structure, and other skills for reading fiction and nonfiction; and writing arguments, informative texts, and narratives. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts in marker. Mnemonics for memorable shortcuts. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.
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Hi! These are the notes from my English Language Arts class. Oh, who am I? Well, some people said I was the smartest kid in class. I wrote everything you need to ace ENGLISH, from the GREEK ROOTS to the FICTION WRITING, and only the really important stuff in between-you know, the stuff that’s usually on the test! I tried to keep everything organized, so I almost always: • Highlight vocabulary words in YELLOW • Color in definitions in green highlighter • Use BLUE PEN for important people, places, dates, and terms • Doodle a pretty sweet Alice in Wonderland and whatnot to visually show the big ideas If you’re not loving your textbook and you’re not so great at taking notes in class, this notebook will help. It hits all the major points. (But if your teacher spends a whole class talking about something that’s not covered, go ahead and write that down for yourself.) Now that I’ve aced English, this notebook is YOURS. I’m done with it, so this notebook’s purpose in life is to help YOU learn and remember just what you need to ace YOUR English Language Arts class.
Table of Contents
CONTENTSUNIT 1: GRAMMAR 1 1. Phrases and Clauses 2 2. Subjective, Objective, and Possessive Pronouns 17 3. Intensive Pronouns 31 4. Verbals 39 5. Active and Passive Voice and Verbs 49 6. Verbs and Mood 57 7. Defining from Context 67 8. Latin and Greek Affixes and Roots 75 9. Reference Materials 85UNIT 2: LANGUAGE 95 10. Figurative Language 96 11. Word Relationships 107 12. Nuances in Word Meanings 119UNIT 3: READING FICTION 129 13. Types of Fiction 130 14. Objective Summary 145 15. Textual Analysis and Evidence 155 16. Authorship and Narration 167 17. Setting 175 18. Character 187 19. Plot 209 20. Theme 225 21. Tone 241 22. Poetry 255 Fiction Reading List 273UNIT 4: READING NONFICTION 281 23. Types of Nonfiction 282 24. Textual Analysis and Evidence 303 25. Authorship 315 26. Central Ideas and Arguments 335 27. Structure 353 Nonfiction Reading List 371UNIT 5: WRITING 379 28. Researching for Writing 380 29. Writing Practices 402 30. Writing Arguments 432 31. Expository Writing: Informative and Explanatory Texts 454 32. Writing Narratives