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Onomatopoeia
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.51

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    onomatopoeia, oversprinkle, sledges, tintinnabulation, ding-dong, merriment, novels, graphic, meaning, spelled, imitation, verse, crystalline, tock, describe, mechanical
     content words:    Bang Boom Burp Buzz Clang, Clunk Crackle Fizz Hiccup Hiss, Hush Moan Murmur Pop Pow, Ring Screech Snap Splash Thud, Tinkle Whisper Whizz Zip, Edgar Allan


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Onomatopoeia
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     There is a six-syllable word that would stump many spelling bee students. It is pronounced AH-nuh-MAH-tuh-PEE-uh, and it is spelled o-n-o-m-a-t-o-p-o-e-i-a. Those twelve letters spell out a noun whose meaning is "a word that sounds like the sound it refers to." Onomatopoeia is a vocal imitation of the sound it describes, such as "beep" or "plop" or "ding-dong." Did you realize that when you use your voice to make sound effects or noises, you are using a literary device called onomatopoeia?
 
2     The onomatopoeia can describe the sounds animals make. It can describe mechanical sounds and sounds in nature. An onomatopoeia for the sound of rushing air is "whoosh." Graphic novels and comic strips often employ the use of onomatopoeia as well.
 
3     Here are twenty-five different onomatopoeia:

        Bang
Boom
Burp
Buzz
Clang
                Clunk
Crackle
Fizz
Hiccup
Hiss
        Hush
Moan
Murmur
Pop
Pow
        Ring
Screech
Snap
Splash
Thud
        Tick tock
Tinkle
Whisper
Whizz
Zip


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