Prepare lesson 2 in your vocabulary workbook, before the start of Friday’s class.  This time, make sure you “talk back to the book.”  I have included some examples from previous years, to help you forge connections with this week’s words.

Strategies for “Talking Back to the Book”

All of these strategies involve writing in the margin of your workbook.  In fact, that is what “talking” means for this work.

#1  Paraphrase, comment on, or extend the workbook’s sentence that uses a key word.

 Examples from Mr. Brown

 “Forced to take my little sister to the party, I was humiliated by her puerile giggling.”   My little sister’s immaturity embarrassed me to no end. (Italics shows student’s talking back.)

 “The specialist in orthopedics set my broken leg.”  I went to the pediatrician, who told me I had better see an orthopedist to set my leg.

“During the 1920s Bessie Smith’s singing represented the essence of the blues.”   Everyone who wanted to learn the blues listened to Bessie Smith.

 #2 Ask yourself questions—about the precise meaning of the key word. 

 Examples from Mr. Brown

 12.  innate  adj. Possessed at birth; inborn.

Does this refer to physical traits, too—like someone’s eye color?  Or just to an ability or quality, like singing talent?

 8.  moribund  adj.  about to die or end

Is this same as being dead?  Does this mean near death, or is “dying” an accurate enough synonym?

 9.  mortify  tr. v.     1. To shame.   2.  To discipline oneself by denial.

These two definitions seem different.  How are they both related to the same Latin root, which means to die?