Sept. 4, 2014 Thurs. : Passive and Active Voice

In class for grammar, we’ve been learning about passive and active voice. We watched a rap video and learned that in an active voice, the subject is always first, and in a passive voice, the verb is before the subject, or there’s not enough details. If you use active voice, it allows you to use stronger verbs in the sentences, but I think a passive voice would be good for mystery stories.

Example: (These examples are taken from a mini test we did.)

Passive: The race was won.

Active: Mark’s team won the race.

Sept. 22, 2014 Mon. : Commas

– Commas are used before the conjunction. (There’s no homework today, but you can read ahead if you want.)

– You use a comma when you’re addressing someone in particular (Example from the video: “Let’s eat, Grandma!” and “Let’s eat Grandma!”)

– You use commas when you’re making a list (I like to eat rice, salad, chocolate, and fruits.)

– To separate more than one adjective modifying a noun. (The amusement park is fun, thrilling, and crowded.)

Oct. 7, 2014

– You use commas if there’s an interrupted sentence. Ex.: “Hey,” waved Kevin, “How’re you doing?”

– You put the punctuation marks inside the quotation marks. Ex.: “Wait!” yelled Felicity.

-Make sure the quotation marks are facing the right way. Ex.: I’m so hungry. moaned Tom.

(The beginning quotation mark “points” inward to the sentence, and the ending quotation mark “points” to the end of the speech. The second quotation mark is facing the wrong way. I can’t make it face the right way for some reason.)

– Have a new sentence for each new speaker (or different speaker). Ex.:

“Hey,” waved Kevin, “How’re you doing?”

“Hey. I’m hungry, so want to grab something to eat?” replied Tom. <- Different speaker, another line.

– The only thing you capitalise after the dialogue was spoken is a name, or I. Ex.: “Good-bye home! I’m going on an adventure!” Alice waved.

Ex. of a word that shouldn’t be capitalised: “Bye mom, I’m leaving!” yelled Christopher.

Oct. 16, 2014 – Tenses and Sentence Types

Isabella Tan’s Tenses Table

Sentence Types:

1. Simple Sentences

– Also called independent clause.

– Has a subject and a verb. Could have an object. Example ~ The teacher stared and Andrew. Sentence would still make sense with just ‘The teacher stared.”

– Has to make sense.

2. Compound Sentences

– Made up of two independent clauses connected with a conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. FAN BOYS)

– The independent clauses are connected (have the same idea.) Example ~ The night sky was like a black blanket but there weren’t any stars you can see.

3. Complex Sentences

– Made up of the Main Clause which is basically a simple sentence because it makes sense on its own, and it has the main ideas in it.

– Complex sentences also contain one or more Subordinate Clauses, and they CAN’T make sense on their own. It gives extra information about what’s happening.

– If the subordinate clause comes before the main clause, there has to be a coma. Example ~ Although he was well fed, the dog howled.

– If the subordinate clause is after the main clause, you don’t need a coma. Example ~ The dog howled although he was well fed.

– If the subordinate clause is between the main clause, you need a coma before and after the subordinate clause. The dog, although he was well fed, howled loudly.

– If there’s more than one subordinate clause and they’re before and after the main clause, you need comas. Example ~ Although the cat had just eaten, the cat paced back and forth in front of the fish bowl, hungrily staring at my goldfish.

– “Making” complex sentences…

– Start sentence with 2 adjectives. Example ~ Exhausted and tired, Anna fell on her bed.

– Start with an adverb (“ly”). Example ~ Excitedly, Tom went on first car of the roller coaster ‘The Hair Raiser’.

– Start with a verb (“ing”). Example ~ Running away with the jewels in hand, the burglar thought if he would be able to get away.

– Can also end with a verb (“ing”). Example ~ Julie climbed up the tree thinking, No one would find me here.

– Sandwich Technique: Main clause, subordinate clause, main clause. Example ~ The room, smelling like mold and dust, was empty.

– Prepositional Phrase: where or when something is taking place. Example ~ At the cashier, the man smiled warmly at each customer.

– Start or end with subordinating conjunction. Example ~ Although he was tired, Josh had to finish his project which was due in two days.

~ We went into the forest even though we knew that we would get in trouble.

– Start with a simile (Like…). Example ~ Like a cheetah, Mary ran really fast, winning the race.

4. Compound-Complex Sentences

– Has two independent clauses or main clauses connected by a conjunction and has at least one subordinate clause. Example ~ After eating dinner, I was still hungry and I wanted dessert.


Sept. 4, 2014

Quarter 1 Reading and Writing Goals

Reading: To read constantly, and record how many chapters I read. The evidence will be a google document I made. Specific? I would mark how many chapters I read every night. Measurable? I will try to AT LEAST read one chapter every night. Actionable? If I don’t have my computer, I will write the date on a piece of paper and record it that way and put it on my document later. (Don’t really need Realistic). Timely? I will keep recording if I read and how many chapters until Quarter 1 ends, or continue to do it if it helps me (which it does).

Writing: To increase my vocabulary! My evidence will be my parents and Ms. Bevear, because I will be trying to word bomb ALL DAY. Specific? I will look at one word and try to word bomb it. I will learn at least 3 words every week. Measurable? I will word bomb for at least one day. I would learn at least 3 words a week. Actionable? I would write the word I’m word bombing on a sticky note, and put it on my water bottle (since I carry it everywhere), and I would also tell Ms. Bevear the word I’m word bombing. Realistic? I would ask Ms. Bevear if I don’t know how to use a word in a sentence. Timely? I would learn at least 12 words from now until the end of quarter 1 if I’m consistent.

Nov. 3, 2014

Quarter 2 Reading and Writing Goals

Reading: To keep reading consistently and recording how many chapters I read. The evidence is a google document I made. I will also read mystery and more non-fiction books like non-fiction, autobiography, biography, historical fiction, poetry, or science fiction. The evidence will be my reading log.

Writing: To try and increase my vocabulary. I will write the word I’m going to learn in my planner in the P.O.T.D. area everyday. I will try to learn at least 1 word a week (to remember the writing goal and do it.) I should have a reward to motivate me like chocolate or something that would get me motivated. My evidence will be my planner (to see the word).

Nov. 5, 2014

Isabella Tan’s Quarter 1 Goals Presentation

Dec. 15, 2014

Isabella Tan’s Quarter 2 Work Habits

Jan. 9, 2015

Quarter 3 Reading and Writing Goals

Isabella Tan’s Quarter 2 Presentation Graded Ruberic

Isabella Tan’s Quarter 2 Presentation  (I couldn’t upload it through a file since it’s too big…)

Reading: To read consistently and record how many chapters I read. The evidence would be the google doc I made. I should also read more non-fiction books, so I plan to have a list of recommended non-fiction books. The evidence will be my reading log, since it’ll have the non-fiction books I finished on it.

Writing: To increase my vocabulary. I will write an email at the end of the week, with sentences with words from my Word Wall. The evidence will be the emails I sent, and Ms. Bevear to check. This is a good way to check if I used the word correctly. To remind myself, I would write the word I’m using in my word wall. I could also ask Ms. Bevear for “recommended” words, words that I can use in everyday language, and can also use in my writing.

April 2, 2015

Isabella Tan’s Quarter 3 Goals Presentation

Quarter 3 Goals Presentation Graded Rubric

Quarter 4 Reading and Writing Goals

Reading: READ CONSISTENTLY, and record how many chapters I’ve read. I need to read more consistently, so I’m going to record how many chapters everyday. The evidence would be on the google doc I made that records all the chapters I’ve readIt’s realistic because I could read at least 2 chapters every night, and it’s not too difficult to read consistently, or I could read more if I have timeIt’s timely because I’m going to read every night in quarter 4.

Writing: I’m going to improve my grammar by  Ms. Bevear what kinds of grammar exercises I could do at home. The evidence will be Ms. Bevear and my planner.  I can achieve this by writing when to stay after school (maybe every Tuesday) in my planner. This is realistic because I would be working on my grammar,  and I would have it in my planner to remind me of what I need to do. It’s timely because I would be staying after school on Tuesdays in quarter 4.

May 27, 2015

Isabella Tan’s Work Habits Graded Rubric

Isabella Tan’s Work Habits Green Slip

May 31, 2015

Writing Goal Documents

Comma Exercises 1

Comma Exercises 2

June 3, 2015

Quarter 4 Goals Presentation Graded Rubric


Sept. 4, 2014

In class so far, we have been reading short stories written by famous authors, and we analysed it using a document called a Tracker to track what events happened and if the author learned anything. After reading some stories, we started to brainstorm our own. We used a Personal Narrative Planner to plan out our story. We also brainstormed about things that happened in our life in our writing journal. After we got a general idea with our stories, we worked on writing hooks, which was quite hard, because you want to have the reader want to read your story.

Oct. 7, 2014

Isabella Tan’s Writing Summative Re-Graded

Oct. 16, 2014

Isabella Tan’s “Lost” Writing Summative Graded

Nov. 13, 2014

Isabella Tan’s Persuasive Essay Jigsaw Puzzle

Dec. 9, 2014 – Persuasive Essay, Environmental Issues, Citi Bike

Isabella Tan’s Persuasive Essay Summative

March 4, 2015 – Dystopian Novel Summaries

Isabella Tan’s Dystopian Novel Summaries Graded

April 29, 2015

Isabella Tan’s The Outsiders Essay Graded Rubric

Isabella Tan’s The Outsiders Sticky Note Plan


Reading Log

Aug. 30, 2014

Isabella Tan _The Follower_ Tracker

Isabella Tan _I Confess…_ Tracker

Sept. 15, 2014

Isabella Tan “Popularity” Formative Test

Isabella Tan “Popularity” Assessment Grade

Sept. 22, 2014

Isabella Tan “My First Conk” Reading Grade

Oct. 7, 2014

Isabella Tan’s “Chinese Cinderella” Reading Formative

Jan. 5, 2015

Isabella Tan’s PSA Graded Rubric

Jan. 6, 2015

Isabella Tan’s Reading Formative

Jan. 19, 2015

Reading Summative Assessment Graded

March 18, 2015

Isabella Tan’s Book Club and Notes Rubric

Notes Page 1

Notes Page 2

Notes Page 3

May 27, 2015

Isabella Tan’s Reading Comprehension Assessment Graded

Wonder Words Wall

Iron Hearted Violet By Kelly Barnhill

Uncanny: strange or mysterious

Pomp: splendid display

Annexation: invasion or seize something by force.

Revered: feel deep respect or admiration

Posthaste: immediately, really fast

Emulate: match or surpass someone by imitation

Verve: enthusiasm

Incredulously: unwilling or unable to believe someone or something

Conspiratorially: a person who takes part in a secret organisation

Precedents: an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide

Implications: the conclusion that is made from something

Prerequisites: a thing that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen or exist

Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors By Ron Miller

Cool Space Vocabulary:

Accretion: accumulation of dust and gas into larger bodies such as stars, planets, and moons

Asteroid: a medium-sized rocky object orbiting the Sun; smaller than a planet, larger than a meteoroid. Also called planetoids or minor planets.

Astronomical Unit (AU): the distance of Earth from the Sun, about 93 million miles.

Binary System: two bodies (stars, asteroids, or planets) that orbit around a common centre of gravity.

Bolide: a fireball large enough to cause a sonic boom.

Comet: a medium-sized body of ice orbiting the Sun. Smaller than a planet, and has an elliptical orbit.

Differentiation: any process by which materials are separated from their original mixed state and concentrated in different regions.

Ecliptic: the plane or Earth’s orbit; approximately the plane of the solar system.

Elliptical: having a shape resembling an oval.

Fireball: a very large meteor, often bright enough to be seen in the daytime.

Ion Tail: the part of a comet’s tail that is composed mostly of ionised gas; also called a gas tail.

Kirkwood Gaps: gaps in the asteroid belt caused by the gravitational effect of Jupiter.

Kuiper Belt: a disk-shaped region beyond the orbit of Neptune containing small icy bodies. Considered to be the source of short-period comets.

Lagrangian Point: one of five stable positions in a planet’s orbit.

Meteor, Meteorite, and Meteoroid: Meteor is the actual light when the meteoroid enters Earth’s atmosphere. Meteorite is the rock found ON EARTH. Meteoroid is the actual rock when it’s flying around in space.

Oort cloud: a vast, spherical cloud of icy bodies that surround the solar system.

Planetesimal: a small, asteroid-sized body that accretes into large, planet-sized body.

Protoplanet: a planet at an early stage in its formation.

Protoplanetary Disk: a large disk of dust and gas that eventually accretes to form planets.

Protostar: a sphere of gas that has collapsed far enough to become hot but not yet hot enough to start the process of nuclear fusion.

Recrystallisation: the process by which a crystalline substance is melted and reforms into a crystal upon cooling.

Silicate: a compound containing silicon and oxygen; for example, ordinary sand.

Solar Wind: the outrushing gas from the Sun that reaches as far as Earth and beyond outer planets.

Sungrazer: a comet that orbits really close to the Sun.

Trojan Asteroids: asteroids orbiting in the Lagrangian points of Jupiter’s orbit.

Trans-Neptunian Objects: bodies orbiting beyond the planet Neptune.

Coalesced: coming together to form a lager mass.

Astronomy Out of this World By Dan Green

Interplanetary: traveling between planets

Comprise: made up of

Buccaneers: a pirate, usually in the Caribbean

Genteel: characterised by exaggerated or affected politeness, refinement, or respectability

Demure: reserved, modest, and shy

Hefty: large and heavy

Deviltry: daring, wickedness, evil-doing

Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

Melancholy: a feeling involving sadness, typically with no obvious cause

Doppelgänger: double of a living person (twin?)


Sentient: able to feel things

Inane: lacking sense or meaning

Serrated: having a jagged edge

Chastened: have a restraining or moderating effect on something

Spite: the desire to hurt, annoy (vex), or offend someone

Iniquity: unfair behaviour

Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me By Kristen Chandler

Congeniality: (of a person) pleasing or liked on account of having qualities or interests that are similar to one’s own


Impunity: exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action

Tepid: (especially of a liquid) only slightly warm; lukewarm

Exulted: show or feel triumphant elation or jubilation

Zealous: having or showing great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

Reproving: a formal expression of disapproval

Incestuous: involving or guilty of incest

Perturbed: anxious or unsettled; upset


1. US a body of men summoned by a sheriff to enforce the law.

2 a group of people who have a common characteristic or occupation

Depravation: make (someone) immoral or wicked

Fraternising: associate or form a friendship with someone, especially when one is not supposed to

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared  By Jonas Jonasson

Geriatric: relating to old people

Affinity: a natural liking for and understanding of someone or something

Bourgeois: belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes

Sterilised: make (something) free from bacteria or other living microorganisms

Demented: suffering from dementia

Narcotics: an addictive, illegal drug

Exalted: (of a person or their rank or status) at a high or powerful level

Dexterous: showing or having skill, especially with the hands

Reinvigorated: give new energy or strength to

Doddery: slow and unsteady in movement because of weakness in old age


Heathen: a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do

Overhauled: take apart (a piece of machinery or equipment) in order to examine it and repair it if necessary; overtake (someone)

Sober: not drunk

Legitimate: able to be defended with logic or justification; valid

Melancholy: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause

Notoriously: famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed

Dejectedly: sad and depressed; dispirited

Piously: (of a hope) sincere but unlikely to be fulfilled

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous By Kathryn Williams

Eczema: a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding

Peripheral (vision): relating to or situated on the edge or periphery of something

Incorrigible: (of a person or their behaviour) not able to be changed or reformed

Surreptitiously: kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of


Tryst: a private romantic rendezvous between lovers

Farce: a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations

Tough Stuff By Kirsty Murray

Pacifist: a person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable

Transit: the action of passing through or across a place

Mediocre: of only average quality; not very good

Loggerheads: a foolish person

Virtuoso: a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit

Prodigy: a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities

Exploitation: the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work

Chafed: (with reference to a part of the body) make or become sore by rubbing against something

Emaciated: abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food

Staved: a vertical wooden post or plank in a building or other structure

Ghetto: a part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group or groups

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase By Jonathan Stroud

Rapiers: a thin, light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting

Innocuous: not harmful or offensive

Aural: relating to the ear or the sense of hearing

Noncommittally: not expressing or revealing commitment to a definite opinion or course of action

Notorious: famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed

Torpor: a state of physical or mental inactivity

Panache: flamboyant confidence of style or manner

Lockwood & Co. The Whispering Skull By Jonathan Stroud

Rakish: having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance

Prudence: the quality of being prudent; cautiousness

Fastidious: very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail

Whey-faced: (of a person) pale, especially as a result of ill health, shock, or fear

Monosyllabic: (of a word or utterance) consisting of one syllable

Unctuously: excessively flattering or ingratiating; oily

Genteel: characterized by exaggerated or affected politeness, refinement, or respectability

Old Fashioned Girl

Ordeal: a very unpleasant and prolonged experience

Remissness: lacking care or attention to duty; negligent

Oppressed: subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment

Demure: (of a woman or her behaviour) reserved, modest, and shy

Placidly: not easily upset or excited

Reveled: enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing

Disconsolately: very unhappy and unable to be comforted

Blithe: showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper

There You’ll Find Me By Jenny B. Jones

Lilting: a characteristic rising and falling of the voice when speaking; a pleasant gentle accent

Notoriety: the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed

Contemplated: look thoughtfully for a long time at

Besieged: surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender

Whorl: spiral or move in a twisted and convoluted fashion

Spiel: an elaborate or glib speech or story, typically one used by a salesperson

Facsimile: an exact copy, especially of written or printed material

Stipulations: a condition or requirement that is specified or demanded as part of an agreement

Cantankerous: bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative

Plaintive: sounding sad and mournful

Wonder By R. J. Palacio

Obnoxious: extremely unpleasant

Precept: a general rule intended to regulate behaviour or thought

Prejudicial: harmful to someone or something

Quote Unquote

Immaculate: perfectly clean, neat, or tidy

Manic: (in psychiatry) relating to or affected by mania

Taciturn: (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little

Cusp: a pointed end where two curves meet, in particular

Verbosity: the fact or quality of using more words than needed; wordiness

Ruminating: think deeply about something

Stormswept By Helen Dunmore

Rebuke: express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behaviour or actions

Languidly: (of a person, manner, or gesture) having or showing a disinclination for physical exertion or effort

Iridescent: showing luminous colours that seem to change when seen from different angles

Ruminatively: think deeply about something

Tomfoolery: foolish or silly behaviour

Concertina: a small musical instrument played by stretching and squeezing a central bellows between the hands to blow air over reeds, each note being sounded by a button

Cantankerous: bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative

Geek Girl By Holly Smale

Unobtrusive: not conspicuous or attracting attention

Poignant: evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

Blithely: showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper

Empathetic: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another

Incredulity: the state of being unwilling or unable to believe something

Facetious: treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour

Half Upon A Time By James Riley

Indignantly: feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment

Eliciting: evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone

Incredulously: (of a person or their manner) unwilling or unable to believe something

Wryly: using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humour

Implicitly: in a way that is not directly expressed

Melodramatic: relating to melodrama (melodrama: a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions)

Spite (him): a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone

Profanity: blasphemous or obscene language

Invigorating: making one feel strong, healthy, and full of energy

The Girl of Fire and Thorns Rae Carson

Incongruous: not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something

Intrusive: causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited

Dexterous: showing or having skill, especially with the hands

Chagrined: annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated

Taciturn: (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little

Regale: entertain or amuse (someone) with talk

Jest: a thing said or done for amusement; a joke

Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell

Irrevocably: not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final

Nouveau: modern or up to date

Jocular: fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful

Cliché: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought

Prerogative: a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class

Surreptitiously: kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of

Crypt: an underground room or vault beneath a church, used as a chapel or burial place

Borne: carried or transported by the thing specified

Clinical: relating to the observation and treatment of actual patients rather than theoretical or laboratory studies

The City of Ember By Jeanne DuPrau

Endeavour: try hard to do or achieve something

Illegible: not clear enough to be read

Sauntering: walk in a slow, relaxed manner

Convoluted: chiefly intricately folded, twisted, or coiled

The Expeditioners By S.S. Taylor Illustrated By Katherine Roy

Scrupulous: (of a person or process) diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details

Intrepid: fearless; adventurous (often used for rhetorical or humorous effect)

Regal: of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified

Disillusions: disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be

Hoot By Carl Hiaasen

Dispatcher: deal with (a task or opponent) quickly and efficiently

Consternation: a feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected

Reproachfully: expressing disapproval or disappointment

Indignation: anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment

Leniency: the fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected

Despondently: in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

Caustically: sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way

Avid: having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something

Geek Girl Model Misfit By Holly Smale

Jubilantly: feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph

Beatific: feeling or expressing blissful happiness

Conundrum: a confusing and difficult problem or question

Incoherently: (of spoken or written language) expressed in an incomprehensible or confusing way; unclear

Belligerently: hostile and aggressive

Aplomb: self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation

What’s Up with Jody Barton By Hayley Long

Blatantly: bad behaviour done openly


Daft: silly, foolish

Gag (“”You nicked that gag from Dolly Parton.””): joke, bad joke

Liberating: set someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression

A Child Called “It” By Dave Pelzer

Stupor: a sense of near-unconsciousness

Ammonia: a colourless gas with a characteristic pungent smell

Morale: the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time

Pus: a thick yellowish or greenish opaque liquid produced in infected tissue, consisting of dead white blood cells and bacteria with tissue debris

Lenient: (of a punishment or person in authority) more merciful or tolerant than expected

Elated: make (someone) ecstatically happy

Black Ice By Becca Fitzpatrick

Cacophony: a harsh discordant mixture of sounds

Raucous: making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise


Odious: extremely unpleasant; repulsive


Disparaging: expressing the opinion that something is of little worth

Guileless: innocent and without deception

The Lost Boy By Dave Pelzer

Regal: of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified

Prejudice: preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience

Incorrigible: not able to be changed or reformed

Hispanic: relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries, especially those of Central and South America

Utopia: an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect

Iota: an extremely small amount

March 2, 2015

Isabella Tan’s The Giver Vocabulary Quiz

Insignia By S. J. Kincaid

Irradiate: illuminate (something) by or as if by shining light on it

Prowess: skill or expertise in a particular activity or field, bravery in battle

Regimes: a system or ordered way of doing things

Stipend: a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or as expenses to a clergyman, teacher, or public official

Cynical: believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity, concerned only with one’s own interests and typically disregarding accepted standards in order to achieve them

Begets: cause, bring about


Galvanised: shock or excite (someone) into taking action

Vortex By S.J. Kincaid

Narcissistic: having or showing an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance

Deficit: the amount by which something, especially a sum of money, is too small

Smarmy: ingratiating and wheedling in a way that is regarded as insincere or excessive

Unilateral: (of an action or decision) performed by or affecting only one person, group, or country involved in a situation, without the agreement of another or the others

Vehemently: showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense

Prudent: acting with or showing care and thought for the future

Accosting: approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively

Rectify: put right; correct

Septimus Heap Book 4: Queste By Angie Sage

Listlessly: (of a person or their manner) lacking energy or enthusiasm

Rapt: completely fascinated or absorbed by what one is seeing or hearing

Musty: having a stale, mouldy, or damp smell

Decrepit: worn out or ruined because of age or neglect

Reproachfully: expressing disapproval or disappointment

Jauntily: having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner

Convivial: (of an atmosphere or event) friendly, lively, and enjoyable

Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

Irked: irritate; annoy

Denizens: a person, animal, or plant that lives or is found in a particular place

Harlot: a prostitute or promiscuous woman

Condescensions: an attitude of patronising superiority; disdain

Rotund: (of a person) large and plump. (of speech or literary style) sonorous; grandiloquent

Abated: (of something unpleasant or severe) become less intense or widespread

Soulmates By Holly Bourne

Cynic: a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honourable or unselfish reasons

Monochrome: black and white or in varying tones of only one colour

Preempting: take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) happening; forestall

Repertoire: a stock of plays, dances, or items that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform

Cliché: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought

Discreetly: careful and prudent in one’s speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment. keep secret

Dark Stay By Bethany Frenette

Reverence: deep respect for someone or something

Pragmatic: dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations

Stigmata: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person

Abhor: regard with disgust and hatred

Contrite: feeling or expressing remorse at the recognition that one has done wrong

Escapade: an act or incident involving excitement, daring, or adventure

Philanthropy: the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes

Fortune’s Folly By Deva Fagan

Doge: the chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa

Ostentatious: characterised by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress

Intoned: say or recite with little rise and fall of the pitch of the voice


Incessantly: without interruption; constantly

Catalyst By S.J. Kincaid

Prudent: acting with or showing care and thought for the future

Insurmountable: too great to be overcome

Emancipated: free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberated

Belatedly: coming or happening later than should have been the case

Benign: gentle and kind

Inebriated: make (someone) drunk; intoxicate

Stipend: a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or as expenses to a clergyman, teacher, or public official

Hana’s Suitcase By Karen Levine A True Story

Dejected: sad and depressed; dispirited

Brazen: bold and without shame

Deported: expel (a foreigner) from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime

Despondent: in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

Stolen Away By Alyxandra Harvey

Deluded: make (someone) believe something that is not true

Rockabilly: a type of popular music, originating in the south-eastern US in the 1950s, combining elements of rock and roll and country music

Convoluted: (especially of an argument, story, or sentence) extremely complex and difficult to follow

Decimate: kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of

Diaphanous: (especially of fabric) light, delicate, and translucent

Peevish: having or showing an irritable disposition

Spasmodically: occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts

Num8ers By Rachel Ward

Junkie: a drug addict

Grotesquely: comically or repulsively ugly or distorted

Knackered: extremely tired

Frisked: (of a police officer or other official) pass the hands over (someone) in a search for hidden weapons, drugs, or other items

Pandemonium: wild and noisy disorder or confusion, uproar

Farrago: a confused mixture

May 13, 2015

Isabella Tan’s The Outsiders Vocab Test Graded

The Goose Girl By Shannon Hale


Belligerent: hostile and aggressive

Ardent: very enthusiastic or passionate

Askance: with an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval

Assuage: make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense

Just Listen By Sarah Dessen

Belittling: dismiss (someone or something) as unimportant

Misdemeanours: a minor wrongdoing

Ostracised: exclude from a society or group


Snow Like Ashes By Sara Raasch

Attributes: a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something

Conduit: a channel for conveying water or other fluid (in the book’s case, it’s a container for magic)

Decrepit: worn out or ruined because of age or neglect

Volatile: liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse

Blanch: flinch or grow pale from shock, fear, or a similar emotion