Some common sixth-grade vocabulary words include protagonist, witness, onomatopoeia and epilogue. The physical and mental development of students at this grade level prepares them for new challenges and more complex words and thoughts.
Protagonist and antagonist are common words students learn for describing characters in literature. In fiction, the protagonist is the main character of the work, and the antagonist offers opposition.
Students are also learning about the courts and trial system, so they learn the vocabulary word witness, along with victim, suspect, evidence and alibi. The victim suffers the unfortunate event, while the witness sees what happens and the suspect is someone who is untrustworthy. Evidence is often useful in convicting the suspect of a crime, while his alibi places him in another location when the crime occurs.
Sixth-grade students move beyond concrete thinking and begin to grasp abstract thought processes such as figurative language. Onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile and personification are all concepts for describing this type of language and common tools for writing.
Other common literary for these students include epilogue and interview. They learn the epilogue is a speech a character makes at the end of a play, story or movie. The interview is another way a writer shows a person's thought processes in literature. In real life, it is a tool that journalists often use to uncover a story.