Romeo and Juliet: 1968


Act 1: Scene 1: 

The story begins in the markets of Verona, Italy. Three servants from the Capulet’s family seek to stir trouble in the markets, and find their pick as they see servants from the Montague’s family. Capulet’s servants first “bite their thumb” at the servants from Montague. Biting their thumb was like sticking your middle finger up back in those days. The Capulet servants say they did not intend to “bite their thumb”, but later on stir trouble by knocking over women with children. Montague’s servants are outraged by this, and start to fight and wrestle with the Capulet servants. This breaks out into a full on fight, between Montague and Capulet. Benvolio, Romeo Montague’s cousin, tries to settle peace between these servants, but Tybalt Capulet, Juliet’s cousin, does not wield and the fight continues.

Soon word had reached to Romeo’s father and to Juliet’s father. Both have the urge to join the fight, even when their wives insist not to. Before they can join the fight, Prince Escalus of Verona comes and stops the fight, shaming both families. Later on, Romeo’s mother questions where Romeo’s whereabouts are, and Benevolio says he can go track on why Romeo is acting strangely these days. But Romeo refuses to tell, stomping off.


Act 1: Scene 2:

In this scene, Paris is discussing matters with Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet. Abruptly, Paris asks for Juliet’s hand for marriage, and Lord Capulet does not seem that sure. He hesitates before he answers, saying that Juliet has not even reached her 14th birthday. Lord Capulet says she is a bit young for marriage, but then encourages Paris to speak to her. Lord Capulet says that Paris has to “persuade” Juliet to marry her


Act 1: Scene 3:

In this scene, Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet, is calling for Juliet to discuss urgent matters. They speak in privacy with Juliet’s wet nurse. Lady Capulet is about to tell Juliet about Paris proposing to her, but Juliet’s nurse interrupts and goes on and on about how cute and excellent Juliet was as a baby. She does so until they arrive at the subject of marriage and Lady Capulet intercepts in, talking about Paris’s proposal. Juliet is stunned, and her nurse encourages her fully to take on Paris’s hand. Just then, Lady Capulet was called to the ball since the guests were coming, and Lady Capulet asks if Juliet can love Paris.


Act 1: Scene 4:

In this scene, Romeo is seen with Mercutio and others. Mercutio wants Romeo to join the ball, but Romeo is uncertain because of a dream he had. Mercutio makes fun of Romeo, saying he also had a dream that often dreamers tell lies. Mercutio goes off making stories about “Queen Mab” on which he claims Romeo has dreamt of. In the end, Mercutio falters, since he does not know what lies ahead for his story. Romeo speaks softly and says Mercutio should stop, for all he is saying are dreams. Afterwards, Mercutio and his friends skip away to the ball, leaving Romeo behind. Romeo hesitates. People are pressuring him to join the ball, but he has a strong urge because he feels as if there is something foul that will happen in the ball.


Act 1: Scene 5:

In this scene, Romeo enters the masquerade ball. He enters with his friend, Mercutio. They dance and sing with those in masks, until Romeo sees Juliet. Juliet is dancing with another, but Romeo has his eyes on her. He thinks that Juliet is the definition of true beauty. Later, Juliet sees Romeo. She cannot see his face, since he’s wearing a mask. But she does seem him constantly staring at her. So after the dance, when the others are listening to someone sing, Romeo seeks to find Juliet, while Juliet seeks to find Romeo. They both hide behind the crowds of those who are listening to the singing, and finally Romeo sees Juliet at the same time Juliet sees Romeo. Romeo takes Juliet’s hand and asks for a kiss. Juliet sees Romeo’s actual face, and falls all over him. They kiss twice, but then Juliet’s mother calls for her, so she departs. Later, Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet, and Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague. They are both stunned to find out they have fallen in love with their enemy


Act 2: Scene 1:

This scene takes place after the ball. Romeo decides to turn back, and runs away from his friends. While they are stumbling around like drunken folk, calling for Romeo, Romeo climbs the garden wall over to Juliet’s house. His friends leave, thinking Romeo has also left. Romeo sees that he has entered the walls of Juliet’s house.


Act 2: Scene 2:

In this scene, Romeo sees Juliet at her balcony from the garden. Romeo hears Juliet talking to the stars, about how dearly she loves Romeo. Juliet prays that Romeo can change his name, so that they can love freely without the bonds of hate between their families. Romeo hears this and surprises Juliet by promising to change his name. Juliet is thrilled at first, to see Romeo and his familiar voice. But she is wary and thinks Romeo is a spy, a replacement. Romeo promises it is him by pledging his love to her. Both are thrilled by each other’s company, until Juliet hears her nurse calling her. She tells Romeo to stay, but Romeo asks if she will leave him unsatisfied. Romeo asks for Juliet’s hand, proposing for a marriage, and Juliet undoubtedly agrees. Then for a moment, Juliet is gone. Romeo is empty without her presence, and Juliet hears his pledges of love to her. But not long after they start kissing, Juliet is called away again. They promise a time to meet up again, at 9 in the morning the next day. Then Juliet leaves.


Act 2: Scene 3:

In this scene, Friar Laurence is seen picking herbs when Romeo appears beside him. Romeo asks if Friar Laurence can marry him and Juliet, and Friar Laurence is taken back by Romeo’s sudden abruptness in romantic interest. He scolds Romeo about not long ago looking forlorn about Rosaline’s decline, and the sudden change to Juliet. Romeo chases Friar Laurence all the way to the church, until Friar Laurence sees the Christ cross and decides that if Romeo and Juliet marry, it might as well heal the hatred between two families. So he agrees to marry the star crossed lovers.


Act 2: Scene 4:

In this scene, Mercutio is wondering where Romeo is, since he disappeared last night. Benevolio says that Tybalt Capulet has set out a challenge to kill Romeo. Mercutio simply says Tybalt is a killer in the soul. After they set out on the streets, they see Romeo and the three of them joke about love. When Juliet’s nurse comes along to pass Romeo a message, Mercutio makes fun and mocks the nurse, teasing her until she is infuriated. The nurse and Romeo enter the church, with the nurse cursing all the way, and the nurse informs Romeo of the time and location of the marriage. The nurse is thrilled to hear that Romeo has pledged himself to Juliet, and happily talks about how cute Juliet was as a baby.


Act 2: Scene 5:

In this scene, Juliet is anxious on her nurses’ return. When the nurse finally does come, she takes her time to explain to Juliet. Juliet is impatient and angry, yet interested to see what news the nurse has come back with. The nurse mocks and teases Juliet, changing subjects until she spills the news. The nurse says Juliet must go to Friar Laurence’s church to be married to Romeo. Juliet bounds of happily to meet Romeo.


Act 2: Scene 6:

In this scene, Romeo is seen talking with Friar Laurence. Friar Laurence warns Romeo to love Juliet only moderately, for consequences could be severe. Then Juliet arrives, and the star crossed lovers tell each other how much they love each other, with Friar Laurence trying to separate them from too much kissing. Then Friar Laurence takes both to the church and up the steps to the altar, where the two are ready to be married.


Act 3: Scene 1:

In this scene, Romeo and Juliet are already married. Mercutio is with Benevolio, joking and teasing each other. Benevolio says do not mess with the Capulets, but Mercutio argues that Benevolio is just as good of a fighter as Mercutio is. Then the Capulets arrive, along with Tybalt. Tybalt is searching for Romeo, and Mercutio pretends to be all silly. Just at the right time, Romeo arrives at the scene, and Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel. Romeo declines, for he doesn’t want to feud with Juliet’s cousin. But Mercutio steps up, and challenges Tybalt. Tybalt agrees, and they duel all the while laughing. It is not known to the public, only to Mercutio and Tybalt, that Tybalt has wounded Mercutio, a fatal blow in the chest. In fear, Tybalt flees. Mercutio pretends he defeated the Capulets, and jokes around with the public. Mercutio tells Romeo that he is wounded, just before he dies. Romeo is shamed, angered and chases after Tybalt. Romeo and Tybalt duel, until Romeo manages to kill Tybalt before fleeing. Now the Capulet family is angered.


Act 3: Scene 2:

In this scene, Juliet and her nurse are mourning over Tybalt’s death. At first, Juliet blames Romeo, but then sides with Romeo and defends him, saying that if Romeo had not killed Tybalt, then Tybalt would have killed Romeo. It shifts to where the Montagues and the Capulets bring both their dead to the Prince, where Lady Capulet wants Romeo killed. But Benevolio tells the truth to the Prince, and the Prince decides to just exile Romeo. Then at Friar Laurence’s house, Romeo is throwing a tantrum. Juliet’s nurse comes and asks for Romeo’s presence at Juliet’s home, while Friar Laurence tries to calm Romeo. At one point, Romeo wants to kill himself, but Friar Laurence stops him. After that, Romeo had one last night with Juliet before he was exiled to Manuta, leaving Juliet by herself.


Act 3: Scene 3:

In this scene, Juliet is crying over Romeo’s exile. Lady Capulet first thinks Juliet is crying over Tybalt’s death, but then thinks that she’s crying because no revenge has been brought out yet over Tybalt’s death. Lady Capulet then thinks that the news of Paris proposing to Juliet will cheer her up, but instead Juliet promptly refuses. Lady Capulet tells this to her husband, and Capulet is so infuriated that he says if Juliet refuses to marry Paris, then she will be banished from the Capulet family. Juliet is desperate. She seeks for her nurses’ advice, but the nurse agrees that Juliet must marry Paris, and has turned against Romeo. Juliet pretends to listen to the nurses’ advice, but instead seeks Friar Laurence’s advice. Then if Friar Laurence agrees that Juliet must marry Paris, then Juliet will commit suicide.


Act 4: Scene 1:

In this scene, Paris is talking to Friar Laurence about Juliet when Juliet appears, anxious to speak with Friar Laurence. Paris sees Juliet, and teases her, wanting to develop some affection and response. Juliet pledges to talk with Friar Laurence alone, and Paris leaves, thinking Juliet will marry him. Juliet begs Friar Laurence for some sort of plan, because she would rather die than marry Paris. Friar Laurence stops Juliet before she suicides, he says something has sparked a hope. Friar Laurence tells Juliet to drink this vial of drug, which will make Juliet appear dead, but actually awake for 42 hours. In the meantime, Friar Laurence will write letters to Romeo, and Romeo will come back to “rescue” Juliet when she wakes. Juliet happily agrees to this plan.


Act 4: Scene 2:

In this scene, Juliet tells her father that she agrees to marry Paris. Her father is so happy that he decides to move the wedding to Wednesday. Juliet then persuades her mother and nurse to leave her alone, then dreads over how many things can go wrong with drinking the vial of poison. But she decides that it’s better than marrying Paris, so she drinks the vial of poison from Friar Laurence.


Act 4: Scene 3:

In this scene, Friar Laurence is seen giving a letter for Romeo to a monk who will pass by Manuta. Juliet’s nurse tries to wake Juliet, but fails and realises that Juliet is “dead”. The Capulet family runs wild with Juliet’s death, especially Lady Capulet and Juliet’s nurse. The funeral proceeds, but Romeo’s servant, Balthasar, sees that Juliet is dead, and quickly rides on a horse to tell Romeo. On the way, Balthasar passes by the monk with the message.


Act 5: Scene 1:

In this scene, Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. Romeo rushes back to Verona, passing the monk with the message on the way. Romeo passes by the apothecary on the way, determined to die along with Juliet. Romeo tells Balthasar to leave, live his own life and prosper, while Romeo enters Juliet’s grave to die beside her.


Act 5: Scene 2:

In this final scene, Romeo enters the grave of the Capulets. Romeo sees Tybalt, and pleads for forgiveness. The Romeo spots Juliet, and mourns deeply for her death. He tells her how much he loves her, then drinks the vial of poison from the apothecary, thus dead. A few moments later, Friar Laurence comes to visit the grave, where Balthasar is outside waiting anxiously for Romeo. Balthasar’s words about Romeo chills Friar Laurence, but he goes in anyway. There, he spots Romeo’s corpse. Grieving, Friar Laurence doesn’t notice that Juliet is waking until she makes a sound. When Juliet asks where Romeo is, Friar Laurence avoids the question and flees because of the noise above the grave. When Juliet sees Romeo’s dead body, she wails and weeps for Romeo. In the end, she uses Romeo’s dagger to end her own misery, joining Romeo in death.

In the end, the Prince of Verona banished both families, blaming the Montagues and Capulets for Romeo and Juliet’s death. Both went their separate ways, enemies still to the very day. But what they both had in common was the tale of tragic Romeo and Juliet.



Romeo and Juliet Visual Literacy Speech

Romeo and Juliet Visual Literacy

Romeo and Juliet Scene Play

Romeo and Juliet Visual Literacy Summative

Romeo and Juliet Visual Literacy Picture:

Romeo and Juliet Visual Literacy Picture


Romeo and Juliet: 1996 Frame Analysis with Partner

Romeo and Juliet Frame Analysis Peer Check

Romeo and Juliet Reflection

What have you learned from the contrasts between your responses and your parents?

My mom’s responses:

One who is humorous, caring, one who encourages others to strive forward and become a better person

My responses: 

Someone who is the opposite of me (ie. if x is good at math and science, then y is good at language arts and social studies)


Our responses are not exactly the opposite, but they differentiate in many ways. I think along a path about my flaws, how a soul mate should help you in your flaws. My mom’s response goes along a caring, compassionate person who should encourage others to be a better soul person. I learn that even when we all know that everyone is unique and thinks in a different manner, there’s still surprise when even a mother and daughter can differentiate so much.

That’s why we should always be prepared to become surprised in anyway.

Champions! Online Portfolio

The Champions! Project is a project all focused in on one person in history or present that you think is creative, collaborative, resilient, and compassionate. In total, we had to do 8 small projects on the champion, as listed below. In many ways, you had to think creatively whenever constructing these 8 small projects in order to try and write from the champions’ perspective. For my Champion!, I chose Isaac Newton. Why is Isaac Newton creative, collaborative, resilient, and compassionate? Let’s brief a little first about who Isaac Newton is. Newton was born on Christmas Day, 1642. He was known for figuring out the law of gravity/three laws of motion, founded calculus, solved how tides shift, breaking apart white light using a prism, and inventing the reflecting telescope. As a scientist, Newton required an immense amount of creativity to excel above all other scientists. While sitting under an apple tree and watching an apple fall, Newton saw a universal mystery instead of just a fruit. Creativity was also required to invent the telescope. Not every man can depend on their study of optics to build a universally used telescope. But even Newton could not have accomplished everything by himself. With collaboration, through friendship and trust, Newton managed to successfully complete the Great Recoinage of William III in just three years with his friends. If Newton had not joined the Royal Society nor worked with them, his reflecting telescope may not have gained fame in the end. And sometimes, things in Newton’s life didn’t go right. Almost at once, most of his closest friends died all in around 2 years, including his mother. Mentally breaking down from stress, grief and physical strain, Newton broke into a breakdown in the 1690s. While others might have given up once their friends had gone, but Newton never gave up. He picked himself up, which required an immeasurable amount of resilience, and continued with his works. His compassion to teach others about the great thing he’d discovered also lead him to become one of Cambridge’s most famous professors. Even while lecturing to empty halls, Newton always found the love for teaching others in Cambridge. In total, Newton might’ve stayed at Cambridge for over 40 years of his life, half the time teaching, and the other half studying or learning. Newton’s dedication to science is one of our world’s greatest gifts. This is why I chose Isaac Newton for my Champions! Project.

Map, Timeline, Facebook Profile, Free Choice, Press Conference:

Nomination Letter, Journal Entry, Poems



September 23, 2014


Today in class I learned when to use commas and when not to use commas. As said from the Big Fat Review: Part 1 on the video, these are the correct times when to use a comma.

1. When separating out phrases that don’t need to be there.

2. When linking two independent clauses with a conjunction.

3. When you’re addressing someone in particular.

4. When making a list.

5. When you have more than one adjective modifying a noun.

6. After introductory phrases or clauses.

And from the Big Fat Review: Part 2, these are times not to use commas.

1. When separating two independent clauses without a conjunction.

2. After the conjunction.

3. When separating a dependent and independent clause with a conjunction.

I think people especially need to pay attention to when not to use a comma, since that’s where mistakes show up. Overall, I learned that commas are not used to just plop together two very different sentences together, because that’s exactly where most people fault in. I also learned that commas are linked with conjunctions in many different ways that I didn’t realise. For example, the fact whether there is a conjunction in the sentence can change whether or not you need a comma. From comparing the two Big Fat Reviews, you can see at least one point that are the same without the conjunction part.


October 6, 2014

Punctuating Dialogue

Today in class, we learned about punctuating dialogue. These are the main points that the video talks about.

– When to use quotation marks

– Keeping the punctuation inside the quotation marks

– How an uninterrupted speech needs quotation marks only at the beginning and the end.

– Starting a new paragraph each time the speaker changes.

– How when only two people are talking, you don’t have to keep using their names.

In my opinion, starting a new paragraph each time the speaker changes is the main one that people need to focus on. I used to ditch the idea of starting a new line every time the speaker changed, leaving the dialogue all stuffed in one paragraph. Then I started to criticise that it didn’t look right, and when my teacher told me to paragraph each dialogue, I started to see the sense in it. I admire the idea of starting a new line, because that’s what makes it clear that the characters are having a conversation. There’s also another point that the video doesn’t mention that may tag in with paragraphing, but adding a space (or ‘tab’) to the beginning of each paragraph trips a lot of people. And I think people need to be more aware that when they start a new paragraph for the new speaker, they also need to add that little space in the beginning.


October 15, 2014

Tenses Table


Sentence Types – Notes

  • Three different types: Simple, compound and complex
  • Simple – Independent clause: contains a subject, verb and expresses a complete thought
  • Simple – The teacher stared at Andrew.
  • Compound – refers to a sentence made up of two independent clauses
  • Compound – FAN BOYS : For, And, NOr, But, Or, Yet and So
  • Compound – The bus pulled into the station but didn’t collect any passengers.
  • Complex – Made up of several parts or clauses. Main Clause and Subordinate Clause
  • ComplexMain Clause – Will be able to make sense on it’s own. Contains the main information
  • ComplexSubordinate Clause – Gives extra information. Cannot make sense on its own.
  • ComplexSubordinating Conjunctions – after, although, as as if, as long as, as much as, as soon as, as though, because, before even if, even though, if, in order to, in case, once, since so that, that, though unless, until, when, whenever, whereas, where, wherever, while
  • ComplexSubordinate Clause – Can be at beginning, end, split in two or sandwiched in middle.
  • Complex – Example: Although he was well fed, the dog howled. Dog howled = Simple or main clause.
  • Complex – Ways to make a complex sentence

– Start with 2 adjectives

– Start with a ‘ly’ word

– Start with a ‘ing’ word

– End with a ‘ing’ word

– Sandwich technique

– Prepositional Phrase

– Start with a conjunction

– End with a conjunction

– Start with simile

  • Compound-Complex – At lease two main clause and one subordinate clause
  • Compound-Complex – “Although I like to go camping, I haven’t had the time to go lately and I haven’t found anyone to go with.”


April 23, 2015


a complete sentence : a list 

Complete sentence: clarify or expand (in a list form)

Correct example: Timmy wants several toys for Christmas: a Easy Bake oven, a watercolour kit, a Barbie doll, and a Lite-Brite. (“Timmy wants several toys for Christmas” is a complete statement)

Timmy fell down the well three times last week: on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.

Incorrect example: The toys Timmy wants are: a Easy Bake oven, a watercolour kit, a Barbie doll, and a Lite-Brite.

Timmy fell down the well on:

Colons appear all over the place: in sentences, lists and salutations. <- This is also a correct way of

A colon can be replaced by the word “namely”. You can check if the colon is working in a sentence

For example: Timmy fell down the well three times last week: on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.

VS                    Timmy fell down the well three times last week, namely on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.


Colons can be also used in salutations: “Dear Ms Bevear,” or “Dear Ms Bevear:


Clarification: You don’t have to capitalise the first letter after a colon unless the word is one that would be normally capitalised.

Example: Timmy had three places he wanted to visit: France, Bangladesh, Spain (France is a proper noun)

Example: Timmy had three places he wanted to visit: the supermarket, the library and the city hall. (The supermarket is not a proper noun)



September 12, 2014

Plan – Mrs. Jones

Mrs. Jones 1st Draft


October 6, 2014

Replanting Mrs. Jones – Formative – Seedfolks – Punctuating Dialogue Practice


October 8, 2014

Seedfolks Character Paragraph


October 15, 2014

Seedfolks Summative


November 12, 2014

Mystery Initial Reading


December 8, 2014

One Paragraph Summary


December 10, 2014

Harold Holt Essay Formative

The Voynich Manuscript Summative Essay WPP Online


December 11, 2014

Voynich Manuscript Summative Essay Final


December 12, 2014 

One Paragraph Summary Summative


February 23, 2015

Champions! Journal Entry

Champions! Poems


March 16, 2015

Champions! Nomination Letter

Champions! Press Conference


April 13, 2015

Champions! Essay


Quarter 2: November 3, 2014

SMART goals: Reading and Writing

Reading Goal: I want to read a wider range of genres, especially scientific or historical fiction

S   pecific: I will read more scientific or historical fiction books than fantasy books for this quarter.

M  easurable: I will record how many historical/scientific books I have read in my reading log.

A   ctionable: I will read at least 1-2 historical/scientific fiction books every week to reach my goal.

R   ealistic: I will ask the librarian if there are any recommended historical/scientific fiction books.

T   imely: I will aim to achieve this goal before the end of quarter 2.


Writing Goal: I want to use more advanced word choice in my writing.

S  pecific: During revise and edit, I will search up synonyms for basic words I am using.

M  easurable: The proof show in my Wonder Words Wall (learning new vocabulary) and hopefully show up in my final drafts

A ctionable: I will catch at least 5-8 words that can be replaced by more advanced vocabulary.

R ealistic: I will ask my friends or family about words that I am uncertain of the meaning before I use it.

T  imely: I hope to achieve this goal by the end of quarter 2.

Q2 Work Habits Rubric

Q2 Goals Presentation



Quarter 3: January 8, 2015

SMART goals: Reading and Writing

Reading Goal: For this quarter, I want to read more adventure and scientific fiction books.

S   pecific: I will read at least 1 adventure book for every 2 scientific fiction books.

M  easurable: The evidence will be recorded in my reading log.

A   ctionable: I will finish at least one book per week, and if on holidays, then one book per 2 days.

R   ealistic: I will ask the librarian if there are any recommended adventure/scientific fiction books.

T   imely: I aim to accomplish this goal before the end of quarter 3.


Writing Goal: For this quarter, I want to be detailed and thorough with my plan in the process of writing an essay.

S  pecific: I will include the topic sentence, middle evidence, transitions and conclusions to every paragraph in the plan.

M  easurable: The evidence will be in my written plans for an essay or writing piece.

A ctionable: I will practice being detailed and thorough through drafting fiction stories.

R ealistic: I will ask others to read my examples to see if they understand the story completely.

T  imely: I hope to accomplish this goal by the end of quarter 3.

Q3 Goals Presentation Rubric


Quarter 4: March 30, 2015

SMART goals: Reading and Writing

Reading Goal: For this quarter, I want to read more books that are related to movies or TV series (ie. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings)

S pecific: I will read one fantasy novel for every two realistic fiction or nonfiction novel.

easurable: The evidence will be shown in the reading log.

ttainable: I will research on what books are related to movies or TV series to spark my interest.

ealistic: I will ask the librarian or friends for any recommended series that are related to movies or TV series.

imely: I aim to achieve this goal by the end of quarter 4.


Writing Goal: For this quarter, I want to draw out a detailed mind map and a outline plan for every piece of writing.

pecific: In the stage of planning and brainstorming, I will draw a mind map and a outline to guide me during drafting.

easurable: The evidence will be shown in my plans or brainstorming documents for a writing piece.

ttainable: I will draft a few temporary stories and make mind maps and outlines for them to practice planning.

ealistic: I will ask others to see if they can see the overall outline of my story through my mind map.

imely: I aim to achieve this goal by the end of quarter 4.

Quarter 4 Work Habits

Q4 Goals Presentation


Wonder Words Wall

The Alchemyst 

by Michael Scott

putrefy: when a body decays and produces a unpleasant smell

joists: a piece of timber or steel supporting part of the structure of a building

fastidiously: being very concerned about cleanliness

pergola: a arched frame in a garden or park with climbing plants growing around it

profusely: very plentiful or abundant

incandescence: creating light as a result of being heated

virescent: tinted with green

necromancy: the sorcery of communicating with the dead, especially for predicting the future

charlatan: a liar or a person who claims to know something when they don’t

oppressive: inflicting a harsh treatment

diaphanous: light, delicate, translucent

interminable: forever going, endless



by Veronica Roth

insurmountable: too great to be overcome

deprecating: expressing disapproval

extravagance: lack of restraint of spending money or resources

demeanour: the way a person behaves to another person

duress: compulsory threat or force

precariously: in a precarious (unstable) manner



by Veronica Roth

belligerent: the attitude of one eager to fight; or one already engaged in a fight or war

emulate: imitate

depravity: complete immortality or evilness

revere: regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration, sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear

usurp: seize or take control without authority

efface: to make oneself inconspicious or unimportant

nonchalant: appearing unconcerned

dubious: doubtful

reconciliation: to reestablish close relations between

archetype: an original that has been repeated

behest: a person’s order or command

pandemonium: uproar

volatile: likely to change suddenly



by Veronica Roth

omission: someone or something that has been left out or excluded

revered: feel deep respect or admiration for

vigilant: keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties

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

unprecedented: never done or known before

stipend: a fixed regular sum paid as a salary

extrapolation: extend the application to an unknown situation by assuming that existing trends will continue or similar methods will be applicable


Dragon’s Milk

by Susan Fletcher

compliant: willing to agree with others, obeys rules

enamelled: a type of glass that is opaque applied as a protective covering for ornaments

ululation: howling or wailing in grief

erratically: uneven or not in the same pattern

perversely: when one shows a desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable

coracle: a small round boat made of wickerwork with a waterproof material covering it. Commonly used in Wales or Ireland

plaintive: a sad or mournful sound

anathema: something or someone that is deeply disliked by another

galvanised: surprise into action


The Blood of Olympus

by Rick Riordan

pachinko: a Japanese form of pinball

medius: Latin for middle

placate: make someone less angry or hostile

regal: of, resembling, or fit for a monarch

cowlick: a lock of hair hanging over a person’s forehead

brazenly: bold and without shame

interposing: place or insert between one thing and another

onager: a giant siege weapon

dissonant: lacking harmony



by Patrick Carman

prodigy: a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities

cliques: a small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them

stakeout: a period of secret surveillance of a place by police in order to observe someone’s activities

infiltrated: enter or gain access to an organisation or place especially in order to acquire secret information

hyperventilating: breathe or at an abnormally rapid rate so increasing the rate of loss of carbon dioxide

pilfered: stolen (things of little value)

covert: not openly acknowledged or displayed

concocted: make something by combining various ingredients


Eye of the Crow

by Shane Peacock

pauper: a very poor person

prestigious: having a high status

lurid: unpleasantly bright in color

truant: a student who stays away from school without any permission

ambivalent: having mixed feelings about someone

opulence: great wealth or luxuriousness

eloped: run away secretly in order to get married

impel: force or drive someone to do something

adroitly: clever or skilful

destitute: extremely poor

caricatured:  a picture or description of a person in which certain characteristics are exaggerated

cesspools: a underground container for liquids or waste (sewage)

prudence: the quality of being prudent

utopia: an imagined state or place where everything is perfect

scurrilous: making or spreading rumours of scandalous comments about someone, undoubtedly ruining their reputation


The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia

by Caroline Lawrence

Note that these are words used during the Roman times. 

carruca: a four wheeled traveling coach, often covered

amphora: large clay storage jar for holding wine, oil or grain

cicada: an insect like a grasshopper that chirrs during the day

colonnade: a covered walkway lines with columns

stola: a girl or woman’s dress

impluvium: a rainwater pool under a skylight in the atrium

fresco: painting done on the plaster of a wall when still wet: when plaster dries the painting is part of the wall

bulla: amulet of leather or metal worn by freeborn children


Death in the Air

by Shane Peacock

aspic: a savoury jelly made of meat

arduous: involving a great amount of effort

moiling: moving around in confusion

acolytes: a person assisting a priest in religious practices

omnipresent: frequently encountered

lucrative: resulting in a large amount of profit

profane: not related to anything religious, or not respectful of religious practices

veritable: used to clarify a metaphor (for emphasis)

sleuth: continue on a investigation in the manner of a detective

brash: self confident in a rude way

accomplice: companion who helps commit crimes

exorbitant: unreasonably high price

resplendent: attractive in a colourful way

emboldened: charged with courage and confidence

enact: make a kind of proposal

condone: to accept someone’s behaviour that is offensive


Vanishing Girl

by Shane Peacock

waif: a homeless or abandoned person, particularly a child

notorious: well known for it’s bad quality

visage: a person’s face, more of the proportions of the features

narcotic: an addictive drug affecting one’s behaviour

verbatim: copying the original words that were used

drivel: nonsense

gargantuan: enormous

loquacious: talkative, talks a lot

halitosis: bad breath

diurnal: during the day

mnemonic: a system with a patterns that associate with remembrance

medulla oblongata: the continuation of the spinal cord within the skull (lowest part of the brainstem), contains control centre for heart and lungs

flue: a tube for gases produced by fuel burning installations

larcenous: theft of private property


The Secret Fiend

by Shane Peacock

dismembered: limbs that were cut or severed off

constitutional: relating to an set of rules governing a state

balustrade: a railing supported by balusters (short pillars forming a rail)

flatulence: the accumulation of gas in an area, especially a canal

epithet: a phrase used to describe a person’s character

farce: a dramatic act or comedy used to entertain audiences

harrowing: distressing

shirks: avoid, steering clear or evade

proviso: a condition that was part of an agreement

reminiscent: remembering or thinking back to something


The Dragon Turn

by Shane Peacock

tempestuous: with a strong or conflicting characteristic

statuesque: (in terms of a woman) attractively tall, graceful and dignified

kerfuffle: commotion or fuss

preposterous: contrary to one theory, absurd or ridiculous

imbecile: a stupid person, idiotic

conundrum: a difficult, confusing problem or question

alibi: a piece of evidence for an act of crime

clairvoyant: one who claims to have the supernatural ability to deduct the future

erroneously: wrong or incorrect

rotund: (in terms of a person) round and plump

solicitor: a member of the legal profession qualified to deal with legal (conveyancing) matters


Becoming Holmes

by Shane Peacock

commiserate: have sympathy or pity on something or someone

ostentatious: with a character designed to impress

paraphernalia: miscellaneous papers, specifically equipment needed for an activity

tandem: a bicycle meant for two passengers

queer: strange or unusual

bequeath: to leave something, specifically a property, to another person

sadist: a person who tends to resist pleasure, especially from affectional relationships

hobnail: a heavy nail used to support the soles of boots

mendacious: lying

inchoate: beginning to mature or developing


Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

by Ally Carter

clandestine: done secretively or kept in secrets

espionage: the act of governments using spies or spying to gather information

saris: traditionally worn by women in South Asia, a sari is a length of cotton or silk draped over the body

nefarious: wicked or related to criminality


Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Genius

by Barbara O’Connor

guild: craftsmen or merchants with considerable power in the medieval era

brocade: often with a gold or silver thread, brocade is a rich fabric woven with a pattern

fresco: a painting done rapidly in watercolour on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling, so that the colours penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries.

cadaver: corpse

intricate: very complex or detailed


The Importance of Sir Isaac Newton

by Deborah Hitzeroth and Sharon Leon

sate: satisfy until the maximum

stile: an arrangement of steps that allows people but not animals to climb over the fencing

clepsydra: from ancient times, a time measuring device powering on the flow of water

stipend: fixed, regular sum of money paid as a salary

treatise: a written work formally dealing with a subject

pertinent: apposite, relevant to one topic

vehement: showing a strong, passionate feeling

pretensions: a claim over something

candour: being honest and open to others

litigious: ready to take legal action toward settle disputes

ardent: very enthusiastic


Aristotle: Philosopher, Teacher, and Scientist

by Sharon Katz Cooper

disesteem: low esteem in something

embryo: an unborn baby that is still in the process of developing

genus: a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family

theology: study of God and religious beliefs

mausoleum: a building housing a tomb or tombs.

cephalopods: members of the cephalopoda animal family (octopi, squid)

teleology: the explanation of phenomena by the purpose they serve rather than by postulated causes.


I am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

reiterates: repeat or say something again for empasis

gregarious: sociable, open to others

penchant: a habit or an urge to do something

cataclysmic: violent, chaotic

bureaucrats: an official who tends to be concerned over people’s needs from the government department

segues: smooth transition, moving from one scene to another smoothly

imperative: crucial, important

vinyl: material used in gramophone records or wallpapers

sporadically: spread all over the place, scattered

bated: very anxiously or excitedly

vertiginous: extremely steep

adages: a short statement expressing the truth

rejuvenation: to make something (or someone) feel better, younger

valour: in battles, with great courage during times of danger


Grade 7 Set: Quizlets

Quizlet 1

Quizlet 2 and 3

Quizlet 4

Romeo and Juliet Quizlet


The Power of Six

by Pittacus Lore

inundated: to be overwhelmed

nave: central area of a church

scapegoat: one who is blamed for faults of others

introspective: given to introspection

apathy: lack of interest or concern

peon: a low ranking soldier or worker

dilapidated: a building or object in the state of ruin

reconnaissance: military observation of a region to locate an enemy

machete: a heavy knife used as a weapon, originating from Central America


The Rise of Nine 

by Pittacus Lore

intergalactic: relating to galaxies

panoramic: in terms of picture or surrounding, a wide view

chagrined: being annoyed after failing or being humiliated

volition: the power of using one’s will

ramrod: a rod for ramming down the charge of a firearm

condescending: showing an attitude of superiority

strobed: an electronic flash (for a camera)

albeit: (conjunction) though

humanitarian: concerning with promoting the human welfare

prone: likely to experience from something unpleasant


The Fall of Five

by Pittacus Lore

vandalism: an act involving damage to property

compadre: a informal way to address a companion or friend

menagerie: collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition

sleight: to be cunning especially to deceive

gallivanting: travel around for leisure

conspiratorially: taking part in conspiracy

nitrous: containing or related to nitrogen

coalesce: form together into one

emanating: to spread out from

fraternity: a group of people sharing the same profession

segue: transition, move from one scene (music) to another without interruption

seismic: relating to earthquakes


The Revenge of Seven

by Pittacus Lore

juxtaposed: placed close together for the contrasting effect

delinquent: tending to commit minor crimes

subjugation: bring under control (or to dominate)

vitriol: malice

consternation: a feeling of anxiety about something unexpected

cathartic: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions

imminent: about to happen

benevolence: the quality of being kind

epaulets: an ornamental item on the shoulder of a military uniform

fervour: intense, passionate feeling

atrophied: waste away (biologically)

stoicism: the endurance of pain or hardship without displaying it

cretin: stupid person


The Eye of Minds

by James Dashner

extravaganza: an elaborate and spectacular production of entertainment

mentholated: treated with or containing menthol (crystalline alcohol with minty taste, found in peppermint and other natural oils)

ethereal: extremely delicate that it seems to be impossible

guerrilla: a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting

illicit: forbidden

blithely: showing improper and casual indifference

anomalies: something that deviates from what is normal

pulpit: a raised enclosed platform in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon

doctrine: a belief held and taught by a church, political party

obliterating: destroy utterly, wipe out

oblong: a rectangular object or flat figure with unequal sides


The Rule of Thoughts

by James Dashner

reprimanding: to show a formal expression of disapproval

animosity: strong hostility

ultimatum: the final statement or demand of terms, usually resulting in retaliation or a breakdown in relationships

etiquette: the customary code of polite behaviour in society

adhered: stick fast to a surface or substance

asylum: the protection granted by a state to someone who has left their native country as a refugee

mandate: the official order to do something

morgue: a mortuary (a room or building in which dead bodies are kept for storage or examination until burial or cremation)

uppity: arrogance, self-importance


A Game of Thrones

by George R.R Martin

onerous: involving a great deal of effort or difficulty

wroth: angry 

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

irascible: having or showing a tendency to be easily angered

querulous: complaining in a rather whiny manner

sept: a subdivision of a clan

parapets: a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge or balcony

palanquin: a large box on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers, a covered litter for one passenger

sepulchres: a small room, cut into or built of stone, where the dead person is laid or buried

insipid: tasteless, weak

languidly: having or showing a disinclination for physical exertion

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

succulent: (in terms of food) tender, juicy and tasty

admonition: a firm warning or reprimand

petulant: childishly sulky, or bad tempered

rheumy: full of rheum, watery

restive: unable to remain still or silent, especially because of boredom

poignantly: evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

pestilential: relating to cause infectious diseases

Looking Back

by Lois Lowry

kinetic: relating to or resulting from motion

evocative: bringing strong images, memories or feelings to mind

obstetrics: the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery

lei: a Polynesian garland of flowers

exuberant: full of energy, cheerful, excited

entourage: a group of people attending or surrounding an important person

lederhosen: leather shorts with H-shaped braces, traditionally worn by men in Alpine regions such as Bavaria

taffeta: a fine lustrous silk or similar synthetic fabric with a crisp texture

stodgy: heavy, filling and high in carbohydrates

rambunctious: uncontrollably exuberant, or uncontrollably full of energy

Note: All the Almanac books do not have unknown terms to add to the Wonder Words Wall because they have already been defined in the book.