Activity Date: 10/23/2013
1. tedious- long and tiresome
2. ingenuous- free from reserve, candid, sincere
3. insipid- flat, dull, uninteresting
4. sagacious- shrewd (clever)
5. meager- inadequate; deficient in quantity or quality
6. portal- a door, gate, or entrance
7. monotone- a single tone without harmony or variation in pitch
8. puerile- childishly foolish, immature
9. somber- dull or dark colored
10. dread- causing great fear or anxiety
11. fey- relating to magic
12. survey- to look over and examine closely
13. utter- to express in words
14. titter- to laugh in a nervous manner
15. jocose- merry, joking
16. distraught- agitated with doubt or mental conflict
17. formidable- arousing fear
18. tresses- long, unbound hair
19. quail- to lose courage
20. sentry- a person (especially a soldier) standing guard
21. punctilious- showing great attention to detail or correct behavior
22. subvocalize- to make vocal, utter
23. glower- glare
24. wisp- a thready streak
25. muffle- to deaden the sound
26. colleague- a fellow worker
27. heed- attention
28. stripling- a youth just passing from boyhood to manhood
29. martinet- strict disciplinarian
30. querulous- habitually complaining, whining
31. wrathful- filled with anger
32. peer- a person as the same rank or standing as another, equal
33. emit- to throw or give off
34. pandemonium- a wild uproar
35. amicable- characterized by friendship and goodwill
36. peal- to sound loudly
37. daunt- to make afraid
38. titanic- a great magnitude, force or power; colossal
39. petite- small and trim of figure
40. jocularity- saying of doing in jest (joking)
41. encounter- to come upon face to face; meet
42. proboscis- a long, flexible, or prominent snout or nose
43. eerie- arousing fear or uneasiness because of strangeness or gloominess; weird
44. query- to question
45. waggish- humorous
46. consternation- amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion.
47. terse- using as few words as possible without loss of force or clearness
48. blurt- to utter suddenly without thinking
49. juncture- a critical point in time
50. furtive- done by stealth; sly, secret
51. loathe- to feel extreme disgust
52. perceive-to become aware of through the senses, especially through sight
53. counter- to act in opposition; oppose
54. nostril- either of the outer openings of the nose
55. stern- hard and severe in nature and manner
56. woe- deep suffering from misfortune of grief
57. pontificate- to speak in an authoritative manner
58. commence- begin, start
59.odious- causing or deserving hatred or strong dislike.
60. wretched- very miserable or unhappy
61. boisterous- noisily turbulent; rowdy.
62. forebode- to have a feeling that something unfortunate is going to happen.
63. compatriot- fellow countryman.
64. purse- pucker.
65. mar- to make a blemish on; damage.
66. opt- optional
67. tout- to praise excessively
68. Impressionist- a style of painting developed in the last third of the 19th Century, characterized chiefly by light brush strokes of bright colors to represent the effect of light on objects.
69. periodically- at regular intervals
70. muse- to be absorbed in thought.
71. neophyte- a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.
72. arduous- extremely difficult
73. compel- to force
74. plod- to walk heavily
75. invariable- not changing
76. dapper- neat, trim, smart
77. hilarious- merry, cheerful
78. afoot- on the move; in progress
79. evoke- to produce or call forth
80. apropos- fitting, at the right time, to the purpose
81. indolent- lazy, idle
82. innovative- introducing something new
83. superlative- surpassing all others, supreme
84. taunt- insult
85. fray- brawl; fight
86. goad- to prod
87. loathe- to feel disgust
88. jeer- to taunt or mock (insult)
89. orchestrate- to arrange or manipulate, especially by means of clever or thorough planning or maneuvering
90. usher- to lead, introduce, or conduct
91. miscreant- villain, scoundrel
92. docile- easily handled or managed
93. meticulous- extremely or excessively careful in small details
94. argument- convince or persuade
95. claim- maintain as a fact
96. valid- sound, just; well-founded
97. evidence- that which tends to prove or disprove something; proof.
98. counterclaim (AKA counterargument)- a claim made to offset another claim
99. bias- a preference for one thing over another, especially an unfair one.
100. introduction- the beginning of a piece of writing (the first paragraph) . It introduces the topic and “grabs” the reader’s attention.
101. body- the middle of a piece of writing (between the introduction and conclusion). It contains main ideas and supporting details.
102. conclusion- the last paragraph of an essay
103. informative- an essay that informs the reader
104. expository- synonym for informative and explanatory (to inform)
105. explanatory- synonym for informative and expository (to inform)
106. topic- the subject or theme
107. relevant- pertinent; important
108. connotation- the emotional meaning a word suggests
109. graphics- pictures/ images
110. citation- the act of citing or quoting a reference
111. extraneous- not pertinent; irrelevant
112. transitions- special words that show how ideas are related
113. denotation -direct “dictionary” definition of a word.
114. format- organizational pattern
115. figurative language- language that contains or uses figures of speech
116. sensory detail- A detail that uses the five senses. It shows how something or someone looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.
117. dialogue- the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
118. syntax- the study of the rules of language
119. imagery- language or wording that allows the reader to imagine or
have a visual image
120. foreshadowing - to show or indicate beforehand.
121. organizational structure- how a writer chooses to organize his or her piece of writing. (chronological order, cause and effect, problem/solution, how-to, etc.)
122. context- the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect.
123. audience- the person or group that will be reading your writing
124. purpose- why a person writes about a subject
125. prewriting- the planning stage of the writing process
126. drafting- follows prewriting; putting ideas onto paper in an order that makes sense
127. publishing- to make your writing final and ready for presentation
128. focus- a subject that drives your piece of writing and helps you stay on topic
129. genre- a French word meaning “type” or “class.” Works of the same genre share certain characteristics
130. fluency- able to speak and write clearly.
131. peer- other students, friends
132. research- the study of a given subject
133. inquiry- a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge
134. summarize- a brief repetition of previously stated facts
135. paraphrase- restatement of a passage using a different form
136. style- the arrangement of words into sentences; your writing style is personal because you are the one who creates it
137. voice- expression
138. fact- something said to be true or supposed to have happened
139. opinion- a personal view or attitude
140. detail- information that supports the main idea
141. conventions- rules for writing
142. scoff- to mock, ridicule (make fun of)
143. mutual- owned, shared, or enjoyed by two or more at the same time.
144. widespread- widely spread out.
145. habitat- a place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows.
146. larvae- the immature, wingless, and often wormlike form that hatches from the egg of many insects.