Lesson: Generic Vocabulary Lesson Ideas and Vocabulary List

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to define and use vocabulary words from the text to help them better comprehend the story.

Lesson Plan

Objective: Students will be able to define and use vocabulary words from the text to help them better comprehend the story.
Lesson Ideas:
Vocabulary Charades (act it out)
Crossword puzzles
Give the Word and Definition and Draw a picture of of vocabulary word
Using Context Clues:
Clues supplied through synonyms:
Carly is fond of trite, worn-out expressions in her writing. Her favorite is "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
 
Clues contained in comparisons and contrasts:
As the trial continued, the defendant's guilt became more and more obvious. With even the slightest bit of new evidence against him, there would be no chance of acquittal.
 
Clues contained in a definition or description:
Paul is a transcriptionist, a person who makes a written copy of a recorded message.
 
Clues through association with other words in the sentence:
Brian is considered the most troublesome student ever to have walked the halls of Central High School. He has not passed a single class in his four years there and seldom makes it through an entire hour of class without falling asleep or getting sent to the office. His teachers consider him completely incorrigible.
 
Clues which appear in a series:
The dulcimer, fiddle, and banjo are all popular among the Appalachian Mountain people.
 
Clues provided by the tone and setting:
The streets filled instantly with bellicose protesters, who pushed and shoved their way through the frantic bystanders. The scene was no longer peaceful and calm as the marchers had promised it would be.
 
Clues derived from cause and effect:
Since no one came to the first voluntary work session, attendance for the second one is mandatory for allthe members.
 
“The Tale of Despereaux” Vocabulary (by Chapter)


1-3
o       Ordeal
o       Speculation
o       Indignant
o       Scurry
4-5
o       Abandon
o       Indulge
o       Nearsighted
o       Adoring
6-7
o       Tribunal
o       Staccato
o       Handkerchief
8-9
o       dungeon 
o       Perfidy
o        Command[ing]
10-11
o       Egregious
o       renounce
o       outrage
o       ominous
o       devotion
12-13
o       adieu
o       perched
o       tremendous
o       unbearable
o       appropriate
o       implication
 
14-15
o       insulting [smell]
o       situation
o       beleaguered [heart]
o       teetering
16-17
o       brilliant
o       prophecy
o       sentiment
o       draped
o       obsession
18-19
o       confessions
o       sympathetic
o       burden
o       bedazzled
o       waltz
o       banquet hall
20-21
o       chandelier
o       minstrels
o       revelation
o       capacious [bowl]
o       disgust
22-23
o       mutter
o       gnawed
o       desperation
o       decree
24-26
o       Inquire
o       Frequent
o       slumbering


27-28
o       Innumerable
o       Lodged
o       consume
29-30
o       Crisis
o       Abundantly
o       permeated
31-32
o       Discernable
o       Ominous
o       ferocious
33
o       Detain
o       Diabolical
o       aspirations
34-36
o       Miraculous
o       Intense
o       pondering
37-39
o       Empathetic
o       Abundantly
o       Permeated
40-41
o       Trembling
o       Clutching
o       weeping
42-43
o       Disagreeable
o       Quest
o       Innumerable
46-47
o       Maneuvering
o       Devious
o       surrender
48-50
o       Sensation
o       Consigned
o       baring
51-END
o       Anticipated
o       Fragile
o       amazement

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VOCAB LESSON S The Tale of Despereaux   Vocabulary
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