Wonder Words Wall

The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy

Incredulous – unwilling or unable to do something

Wan – someone appearing pale and exhausted

Dregs – the remnants of a liquid inside something

Plausible – seeming reasonable or probable

Jugular – neck or throat

Stifle – someone unable to breathe properly

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Prerogative – an exclusive right; privilege

Deconstructs – to break down into constituent parts

Grimace – a distorted facial expression

Alcove – a recess or small room adjacent to or opening out of a room

Serendipity – discovering something on accident; luck

fascist – someone who believes in fascism

Remedial – intended to correct one’s skill in a specific field

Raucous – noisy

Scintillating – Fascinating

Adamantly – Strictly

Illicit – Illegal

Insatiable – urgent

LA Vocabulary 1 test:

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20/20 = EE !!

Crash by Lisa McMann

Umami – a category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates

Nonchalantly – without caring

Contraband – something illegal

unethical – not morally correct

Aneurysm – excessive swelling in the wall of an artery

Combust – to burn

Cued – to give a cue

Gnawing – persistently worrying

Bleary – someones eyes looking or feeling dull or unfocused from lack of sleep or tiredness

LA Vocab Quiz – List 2

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20/20 = EE !!

Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde

motes – a small substance; a speck

briskly – something done in a fast manner

ermine – a white stoat

tarried – stayed longer than intended

cobbler – someone whose job is to mend shoes

luminous – emitting light

unencumbered – not having any burden

biped – an animal with two legs

The Second Month of Spring by Michael Dransfield

redundant – unnecessary

contrite – full of regret

mudguard – wheel cover (especially for a motorcycle) to protect the vehicle and rider from water and dirt thrown up from the road

bikie – a member of a gang of motorcyclists

forgo – to do without

confections – an elaborate sweet dish

kawasaki – Japanese brand motorcycle

shrapnel – fragments of a bomb

desolates – to make a place look empty

commerce – buying or selling something on a large scale

pethedine – a painkilling drug, epecially for women in labour

reaped – harvested

anguish – agony

lambing – the births of lamb

stradivarius – a violin or other stringed instrument made by Antonio Stradivari or his followers

kafka – Franz Kafka, a German-language writer of novels and short stories

Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

memorandum – a written reminder

cravat – a piece of silk or other find cloth worn by a man around his neck

Bolster – a long pillow that is often but across the bed under with the regular pillows

sal-volatile – smelling salts used to revive a person who is feeling faint

frumenty – a sweet, spicy porridge made from wheat

proboscis – a long, flexible tubular snout of mouthpart of an animal

farthing – a quarter of an old penny

hearth – the bottom of a fireplace

cinders – the burnt-out fragments that are left after a fire

mayhap – perhaps; maybe

gumblet – a hand tool for making holes

Selp Helf by Miranda Sings

Avant Guard – people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics

Ambrosia – a term used in greek mythology for the foods of the gods

tookie – buttox; behind; bottom; butt

LA Vocab Quiz – List 3

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17/19 ME!!

Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar

valor – courage during danger

camaderie – mutual trust and friendship among friends

ensues – happens as a result

compelling – evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way

eidetic – relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible

aptly – done in a competent, appropriate or suitable way

inaugural – marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office

corduroy – a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern

rapport – a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well

LA Vocab Quiz – List 4

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Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney

bureau – an office or department for transacting particular business

embalmed – preserve (a corpse) from decay, originally with spices and now usually by arterial injection of a preservative

hearse – a vehicle for conveying the coffin at a funeral

linoleum –  a material consisting of a canvas backing thickly coated with a preparation of linseed oil and powdered cork, used especially as a floor covering

floe – a sheet of floating ice

rube – a country bumpkin

derelicts – a person without a home, job, or property

swathed – wrap in several layers of fabric

pompous – affectedly grand, solemn, or self-important

somber – dark or dull in colour or tone

exonerate – (of an official body) absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing

confining – keep or restrict someone or something within certain limits (space, scope, or time)

imperative – of vital importance; crucial

impenetrable – impossible to pass through or enter

LA Vocab Quiz – List 6

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NoDoz – a central nervous system stimulant stimulating the brain

fitful – active or occurring spasmodically or intermittently; not regular or steady

ramrod – a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzle-loading firearm

leflore – a county in mississippi

ponderosa – a tall, slender North American pine tree, planted for timber and as an ornamenta

frivolity – lack of seriousness; light-heartedness

conformity – compliance with standards, rules, or laws

intones – say or recite with little rise and fall of the pitch of the voice

tallahatchie – a river in Mississippi

browning – the process or result of making something brown, typically by cooking or burnin

meemaw – another name for grandma

mausoleum – a stately or impressive building housing a tomb or group of tombs

juvenile – for or relating to young people

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks:

imminent – about to happen

despondently – feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom

squall – a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet

sojourn – a temporary stay

vital – essential

vivacious – lively, exciting, attractive

Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

Juggernaut – a large, heavy vehicle, especially an articulated lorry

Throttle – a device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine

Kook – a mad or eccentric person

Inexorable – impossible to stop or prevent

abet – encourage or assist

accord – give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition)

porous – (of a rock or other material) having minute interstices through which liquid or air may pass

epoch – a particular period of time in history or a person’s life

fallacy – a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments

rue – bitterly regret

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

ferreting – rummage about in a place or container in search of something

AWOL – absent from where one should be but without intent to desert

triplicate – a thing which is part of a set of three copies or corresponding parts

ebony – a tree of tropical and warm-temperate regions which produces ebony

facile – ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial

nosedive – a steep downward plunge by an aircraft

inquisition – a period of prolonged and intensive questioning

demeanor – outward behavior or bearing

noose – a loop with a running knot, tightening as the rope or wire is pulled and used to trap animals or hang people

feeble – lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness

nihilistic – rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless

hooch – alcoholic drink, especially inferior or illicit whisky

boeuf – French word for beef, used in the names of various beef dishes

inviolable – never to be broken, infringed, or dishonoured

conspicuous – clearly visible

tithe – pay or give as a tithe

camaraderie – mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together

umber – a brownish moth with colouring that resembles tree bark

manacle – one of two metal bands joined by a chain, for fastening a person’s hands or ankles

formidable – inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable

pyro – a pyromaniac

volatile – (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures

conscience – a person’s moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one’s behaviour

collateral – something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in the event of a default

corrosion – the process of corroding or being corroded

edict – an official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority

impassioned – filled with or showing great emotion

pentathlon – an athletic event comprising five different events for each competitor, in particular an event involving fencing, shooting, swimming, riding, and cross-country running

espionage – the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information

resided – have one’s permanent home in a particular place

lax – not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful

cyanotic – he appearance of a blue or purple coloration of the skin or mucous membranes due to the tissues near the skin surface having low oxygen saturation

reprieve – cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, especially someone condemned to death)

disillusionment – a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be

stigmata – a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person

vestments – a chasuble or other robe worn by the clergy or choristers during services

scrutinizing – examine or inspect closely and thoroughly


Unwind Book Club:

Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWED2J–VIc

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmPEXqR9UrE

(whole group) :: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnlPckSjj8s

I feel like I was an attentive listener, looking at the speaker and showing them i’m listening by nodding my head or asking them to push their thinking further.  I also think that I piggy-backed onto other peoples ideas well staying on the same topic so that is thoroughly discussed once we move on. Overall I feel that I listened well to others, and did a good job staying on topic asking questions and pushing other to think further as well as me.


Unwind Book Club 2.0:


I feel like this time I was an attentive and active listener using direct eye contact with the person talking. I also found that by asking many questions I pushed others to think deeper about what they read. By reading in advance it prepared me for my conversation with marked passages so I knew where to locate the passage in my novel someone else was referring to. Also by supporting my claims, thoughts, and questions with evidence from text from the book it helped my book club members to understand my thinking clearly. I think though, that I could have inquired and probed to others more to make them further analyze their thinking as well. Also I could have exercised my comprehension better and could have controlled myself more and let others speak.

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

retrospect – a survey or review of a past course of events or period of time

phenomenon – a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question

perplexed – puzzled

due diligence – reasonable steps taken by a person to avoid committing a tort or offence

somber – gloomy; dark

emancipated – free

fallacy – falsehood; lie; untruth

volatile – (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures

fortify – provide (a place) with defensive works as protection against attack

repugnant – repulsive

Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

schmoes – a stupid person

exhumation – digging a dead body out of the ground

grunge – grime; dirt

teetering – move or balance unsteadily; sway back and forth

jags – a small load or a state or feeling of exhilaration or intoxication usually induced by liquor

rendered – made

nepotism – preference to family member

disembodied – away from your body

spawn – reproduce

tot – toddler

sanitarium – mental institution

limelight – spotlight

lasik – laser surgery on eyes

flan – gelatinous fruit custard

bowflex machine – a resistance exercise machine used for building strength and muscle

restylane – the trade name for a range of injectable fillers with a specific formulation of non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid

mustachioed – to have a mustache

cavalier – a hunter or solider

A Companion to Easter Island by James Grant-Peterkin

anthropologists – some who studied comparative races and cultured

unfathomable – unable to understand

undulating – wave like

ecology – study of the environment

demise – end; failure

subsequent – following

catalyst – a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change

ramifications – consequence

envisaged – to foresee

autonomous – self governing

culminated – resulted; finished

subsidized – support (with money)

abstract notion – something that cant be seen or touched

petroglyphs – rock carvings

The Giver by Lois Lowry

distraught – very upset

wheedle – use endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something

pondered – thought about

disposition – attitude; outlook

throng – large group

indulgently – thoroughly enjoying

chastisement – criticize

transgressions – doing something your not supposed to do

acquisition – to acquire something

piecemeal – doing something half heartedly

benign – not harmful

jaunty – having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner

indolence – avoidance of activity or exertion; laziness

ominous – threatening

taut – pulled tightly

faltered – lose strength or momentum

foliage – plant life

lethargy – tiredness; laziness

More Interesting Than Your Teacher by Stuart Wright

centillion – 10*10^303

diplomatic immunity – people who work for the diplomatic missions of a foreign country who are immune to some of the laws in that country

hysteria – uncontrollable joy; panic

rudimentary – basic

facet – one side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem

vernal equinox – the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21

guano – the excrement of seabirds and bats, used as fertilizer

lard – fat from the abdomen of a pig that is rendered and clarified for use in cooking

mausoleum – a stately or impressive building housing a tomb or group of tombs

colossus – a statue that is much bigger than life size

boxite – a mineral containing almost half aluminum

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

festered – become septic

spindly – long or tall and thin

infantile paralysis – polio

gaunt – extremely thin and bony

mottled – mark with spots or smears of colour

sorghum – a cereal native to warm regions of the Old World and is a major source of grain and stockfeed


antiseptic – preventing the growth of disease-causing microorganisms

betrothal – to be married

stupor – a state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility

sod – surface of the ground covered with the  growing grass

kerosene – a light fuel oil 

loping – walk or run with a long bounding stride

aghast – filled with horror or shock

whereabouts – approximately where

vicarage – the residence of a vicar

succulent – (of food) tender, juicy, and tasty

resplendent – attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous

enticed – attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage

scoundrels – a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue

rapscallions – a mischievous person

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul by numerous authors

clannish – tending to exclude others outside the group

senselessness – (of a person) unconsciousness

sleety – a mixture of rain or snow or hail

conceiving – form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind

unconditionally – not subject to any conditions

regimented – very strictly organized or controlled

belittled – dismiss (someone or something) as unimportant

striven – make great efforts to achieve or obtain something

The Golden Acorn by Catherine Copper

wrangle – a dispute or argument, typically one that is long and complicated

millennium – a period of a thousand years

disgruntled – angry or dissatisfied

connoisseur – an expert judge in matters of taste

Haggard – looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering

serene – calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil

rue – bitterly regret

blasé – unimpressed with or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before

atrocity – an extremely wicked or cruel act

embargo – an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country

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I feel that my strengths for this project was how I my visuals matched what I was talking about and that I used a variety to keep the viewer intrigued. I also feel that I spoke fluently as well as at a good pace. Something I feel that I need to work on though was that I should’ve added background music in my video. Overall I feel happy with how my video ended up but would’ve liked to have been able to tweak a few things before submitting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and analyzing these three pieces of literature and encourage others to do the same.

Once by Morris Gleitzman

bayonet – a sword-like stabbing blade

frenzy – uncontrolled excitement or wild behaviour

indignant – annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment

maimed – to deprive the use of a body part

billowing – to rise or roll

partisans – supporter of a person

 Uglies by Devin K. Grayson

wagering – more formal term for bet

excavating – make (a hole or channel) by digging

riled – make (someone) annoyed or irritated

grime – dirt ingrained on the surface of something

divining – discover (something) by guesswork or intuition

ponging – smell strongly and unpleasantly

knoll – knoll

maggoty – full of maggots

MacBeth Vocab test – 

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