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Week 3 Vocabulary
Due Date: 2/5/2018
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Vocabulary Words - Week of 2/5/18


1. Escalated - to increase in extent, volume, number,

amount, intensity, or scope

2. Militarism - a policy of aggressive military preparedness

3. Explicitly - leaving no question as to meaning or intent

4. Resonate - to produce or exhibit

5. Mimicking - to imitate closely, to ridicule by imitation

6. Induction - to install; to admit as a member

7. Prophesize - to make a prediction

8. Coagulating - to become thickened; to gather together

or form into a mass or group

9. Contemplating - to ponder; to think deeply

10. Integration - to incorporate

Week 2 Vocabulary: Quiz Fri 2/2/18
Due Date: 1/29/2018
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. Platoon - A company/unit made up of soldiers

2. Paddy - A rice field

3. Fecund - Fertile ground

4. Breakers - Heavy sea waves

5. Diffuse - To spread out

6. Breech - The back part of a gun barrel

7. Muzzle - The open end of a gun barrel

8. Battlements - Square opening at rooftop used for shooting through

9. Inert - Immobile

10. Agile - Ability to move quickly and easily

11. Inertia - Pulled by an external force

12. Morter - Shells/shots

Week 1 Vocabulary
Due Date: 1/11/2018
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. proportion - a share, a part in relation to a whole

2. devolves - to delegate power

3. preservation - protect

4. formidable - powerful, capable

5. dismantle - take apart

6. piratic - a boat (vessel) with pirates

7. fugitives - someone who has escaped/ in hiding

8. piracy - term used for people that rob ships at sea

9. render - provide

10. rash - lack of consideration

11. fraught - result into something undesirable

12. thermonuclear - explosive force

13. vested - secured in the possession of a person

14. detente - easing hostility between countries

15. practical - actual, possibility

16. absolving - declare free from blame

17. upsurge - increase

18. reconnaissance - a region to locate the enemy

19. denounced - publically declare to be wrong

20. provocation - action that makes someone angry



Writing Descriptive Sentences
Due Date: 12/4/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Writing Descriptive Sentences:

Descriptive sentences provide more information and help you express your ideas more clearly.


There are a few ways to write descriptive sentences:

1.  Use adjectives

2.  Use precise vocabulary

3.  Vary sentence structure

4.  Use vivid language



One way of writing descriptive sentences is to place adjectives before nouns. It is possible to use more than one adjective to describe a noun.

For example:

She is a student.
She is a
brilliant student.
She is a
brilliant and hardworking student.

By simply placing one or two adjectives before the noun, we manage to provide more information.

Precise vocabulary:

If you only use basic verbs such as go, get, talk and walk, your writing will become monotonous. There is no harm in using these verbs, but there is a limit to what they can express. Therefore, use more expressive verbs.

For example:

He earns $300 a week. (This sentence sounds much better than "He gets $300 a week".)

I received my paycheck this morning. (Better than "I got my paycheck this morning".)

Vary Sentence Structure:

When using descriptive language, it is important to vary your sentence structure. Try to avoid using the same subject-verb pattern in all sentences.

For example:

The hall was empty. She ran towards the classroom. She entered right after the bell rang.

Varying this sentence structure by using descriptive detail breaks the monotonous tone.

Instead try:

Racing down an empty hall, she skidded into the classroom, breathless, just as the bell clanged above her.

Vivid vs. Vague Language:

The sensory details you select in your writing should create for your reader the same picture you have in your mind.

Examples of Vague Language:

1. The food was unappetizing.

2. The sprinkler was refreshing.

3. The traffic was heavy.


Examples of Vivid Language:

1. The pale turkey slices floated limply in a pool of murky fat.

2. The cool water from the sprinkler sprayed our hot faces.

3. Our old car puffed as Main Street became clogged with a line of clamoring motorists.

Chapters 8-9 Vocabulary
Due Date: 11/27/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. disquisition - discussion on a particular subject.

2. breadth - width; wide range or extent.

3. terse - abrupt; brief/short.

4. blithely - casual, happy/carefree manner.

5. extricate - to free someone or something from a constraint or difficulty.

6. menagerie - a strange or diverse collection of people or things.

7. judiciously - with good judgement or sense.

8. derision - ridicult; mockery.

9. interloper - a person involved in a place where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong.

10. furtively - in a way that attempts to avoid attention.

11. vis-a-vis - in relation to; with regard to.

12. condescending - having or showing a feeling of superiority; snobby/haughty.

13. indomitable - impossible to subdue or defeat; invincible/unbeatable.

14. hone - refine or perfect something over time.

15. philanderer - womanizer/ladies man.

16. fortnight - a period of two weeks.

17. irrevocable - unable to change or reverse; final.

18. coterie - a group of people with shared interests; clique/inner-circle.

19. impunity - exemption from punishment.

20. refutation - proving a statement or theory to be wrong or false.


Chapters 6-7 Vocabulary
Due Date: 11/6/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Levitate - to rise or float in the air

Elaborate - made or done with great care or detail

Fastidious - hard to please; very particular

Withering - to shrivel from lack of moisture

Dawdle - to spend time wastefully; to move slowly or aimlessly

Contorted - to twist in a violent way; to twist into astrained shape or expression

Morose - having a sullen or gloomy attitude

Intuit - to know or understand something because of what you feel or sense

Gait - a way of walking

Tacit - understood; make known though not actually expressed

Manipulate - to control in an unfair way to your own advantage

Nostalgia - being homesick; wanting to return to a past time

Centaur - creature said to be half horse and half human

Clamor - noisy shouting; loud continuous noise

Volatile - likely to change suddenly or quickly like a temper

Anonymous - not known; not named;not identified

Hover - to remain suspended over a place or object

Ponder - to think deeply; to reflect on something

Eccentric - acting or thinking in an unusual way; odd

Chapters 6-7 Context Clue Sentences
Due Date: 11/6/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. He became morose and withdrawn and wouldn't talk to anyone.

2. Sam and Will always dawdle when they walk down the hall.

3. Mrs. Burrell is very fastidious about the way she dresses and fixes her hair.

4. The magician claimed he could levitate the car.

5. He was able to intuit the answer on the math test quickly.

6. The picture shows the Greek hero fighting with a centaur.

7. He walked with an odd gait down the hallway.

8. A clamor outside the classroom annoyed the students.

9. We pondered whether we could afford the trip.

10. There was a tacit agreement that he would pay his loan.

11. The dancers were wearing elaborate costumes.

12. Because we haven't had much rain, the plants are withering away.

13. The boy contorted his body to squeeze through the gate.

14. She knows how to manipulate her parents to get what she wants.

15. A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I saw my childhood home.

16. Her brother has a very volatile temper.

17. An anonymous person made a very large donation to our ball team.

18. The patient was hovering between life and death.

19. She's become more eccentric over the years.


Chapters 4-5 Vocabulary
Due Date: 10/30/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. Persist - to last or endure tenaciously

2. Legend - a collection of stories about an admirable person.

3. Endured - to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate:

4. Inhabitant - a person or animal that resides in a place, especially as a permanent resident.

5. Uncanny - mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange:

6. Morbid - gruesome; grisly.

7. Congeal - to curdle; coagulate, as a fluid.

8. Corresponding - to communicate by exchange of letters.

9. Tawdry - gaudy; showy and cheap

10. Decrepit - worn out by long use; dilapidated:

11. Malevolent - evil; harmful; injurious.

12.Ornate - showy, ostentatious; rich, lavish.

13. Meander - to wander aimlessly; ramble

14. Ghastly - shockingly frightful or dreadful; horrible:

15. Cairn - a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

16. Prodigious - extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.:

17. Bedraggled - limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.

18. Spectacle - a public show or display, especially on a large scale.


Chapters 4-5 Context Clue Sentences
Due Date: 10/30/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. Although I knew I wouldn't win the race, I persisted.

2. My grandfather told me myths and legends as a child.

3. I was made to endure the torture of my sister's voice recital.

4. The islands inhabitants were a rude and uncivilized people.

5. The resemblance between my dad and I is uncanny.

6. Working as a crime scene cleaner can be a morbid job.

7. I let my dinner sit out too long that my gravy congealed.

8. My penpal and I are no longer corresponding.

9. The lady's jewely was rather tawdry and cheap-looking.

10. The houses build in the 40's are becoming worn down and decrepit.

11. I was afraid to anger the malevolent spirits in the haunted house.

12. The chandelier was very fancy and ornate.

13. I went meadering through the woods last night.

14. I heard the ghastly cries of people in pain as I entered the hospital.

15.The man was buried underneath the cairn.

16. The lumberjack has a very prodigious moustache and beard.

17. I took in the bedraggled kitten and gave him a home.

18. The circus was a quite a spectacle to experience.

Chapters 2-3 Context Clue Sentences
Due Date: 10/23/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. The souls in purgatory beg for forgiveness of their sins committed here on Earth.

2. A plague of locusts completely destroyed the vegetation over the thousand miles of land.

3. Do not fret over the past, you cannot change it.

4. After the wreck, Shelia was unable to think rationally.

5. To placate my mother, I went to the luncheon in the outfit of her choosing.

6. The clouds were almost transparent, we could still see the sun.

7. The child was taken to the hospital after being attacked by feral dogs.

8. He was a man of wide knowledge, a connoisseur of art and music, and a friend to most of the leading authors of his time.

9. How do you expect me to conjure up a meal without groceries?

10. The subject matter was so arcane, even the teacher had troubling understanding it.

11. I dozed off listening to the soporific music.

12. The stadium was littered with the detritus of yesterday's concert.

13. The principal extolled Mrs. Smith on a job well done with the highest test scores in the school.

14. My mother admonished me for misbehaving at church.

15. The writer wrote a story on human injustice and iniquity.

16. Your viewpoint of the crime is inconsequential since you were not at the scene of the crime.

17. Mr. Jones, the curator, was found on the third floor of the museum clutching his chest.

18. The gasps of shock built into a cacophony of questions.

19. Repunzel let her hair flow from the window of the turrets.

20. My dad was in an idyllic mood since he was given his bonus check early.



Chapters 2-3 Vocabulary
Due Date: 10/23/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1. purgatory - a place where sinners go to rid themselves of their sin before going to heaven

2. plagued - a thing causing trouble or irritation

3. fret - constantly worried or anxious

4. rational - able to think clearly, logically

5. placate - to soothe someone's anger

6. transparent - able to see through something

7. feral - wild, in a wild state

8. connoisseur - an expert, specialist

9. conjured - to call upon a spirit or ghost to appear or do something

10. arcane - understood by few, mysterious

11. soporific - inducing drowsiness or sleepiness

12. detritus - small loose pieces of rock

13. extoll - to praise enthusiastically

14. admonish - warn or reprimand firmly

15. iniquity - immoral or grossly unfair

16. inconsequential - not important

17. curator - keeper of a museum

18. cacophony - harsh mixture of sounds

19. turrets - small tower on top of a larger tower typically on a tower

20. idyllic - extremely happy, peaceful



Vocabulary Quiz 10/20/17
Due Date: 10/17/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Miss Peregrine’s Context Clue Sentences: Prologue and Chapter 1.

1.     On the ghost tour, an experienced guide will regale you with scary stories of the house’s past residents.

2.    Even though some of the pictures of the bombing victims were quite lurid, the newspaper still decided to print them.

3.    It’s a beautiful evening to sit on the lanai.

4.    Bean was my son’s moniker when he was a baby.

5.    Because the movie’s plot was banal, we knew exactly how the film would end.

6.    She’s very meticulous about picking the right song.

7.    The crazed fan hoped he would get a glimpse of the iconic star.

8.  Looking up at the tapering spire, the climber admired the mountain’s peak.

9.  It was a basketball caroming off the side of the rim.

10.  The rainy weather makes me somnolent.

11.  The waitress had a rather dour look about her.

12. We hid in the dank, dark basement.

13.  The soldiers are about to encroach the enemy lines.

14.    Rick’s brawn has made him a very successful weight lifter.

15.     The errant workers have been known to take a two-hour lunch break.

16.     We can never show enough reverence for our military service workers.

17.  It’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of corn stalks at Cedar Hill Farms.

18.  The defendant began to cry when he was sentenced to hang on the gallows.

19.  Because honey is a viscous substance, it takes a great deal of work to remove it from a jar.

20.  While my uncle is usually in a senile state, he will occasionally have moments of lucidity.


Prologue & Chapter 1 Vocabulary
Due Date: 10/16/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

1.  Regale – to entertain or amuse someone with talk.

2.  Lurid – presented in vividly shocking or explicit details.

3.  Lanai – porch or veranda

4.  Moniker – a name; nickname

5.  Banal – boring; lacking originality

6.  Meticulous – great attention to precise detail.

7.  Iconic – relating to or of the nature of an icon.

8.  Spire – tapering conical structure on top of a building; steeple.

9.  Caroming – any strike or rebound.

10. Somnolent – sleepy; drowsy

11.  Dour – stern or gloomy in appearance.

12. Dank – damp, musty, and cold.

13. Encroach – to intrude on.

14. Brawn – physical strength

15. Errant – straying from the proper course or standards.

16. Reverence – deep respect

17. Labyrinth – a maze/path in which it is difficult to find one’s way.

18. Gallows – a structure for the execution by hanging.

19. Viscous – thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid.

20. Lucidity – expressed clearly; easy to understand.


Due Date: 10/11/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Theme - The central idea or lesson about life that a story conveys.


Ask yourself -

What did the characters learn?

How did the characters grow or change?

Why did the characters act this way?

Elements of Narrative Writing
Due Date: 10/11/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Elements of Narrative Writing

Remember the 5 P's: Plot, People, Place, Point, Perspective



The plot is what happens in the story.

The plot is made up of a series of events.

5 C's - Characters, Conflict, Complications, Climax, & Conclusion

Conflict- the main problem that arises.

Complications - obstacles to resolving the conflict.

Climax - what must take place for conflict to be resolved- Highest point of tension or suspense.

Conclusion - resolution of the conflict.



Characters: Direct and Indirect Characterization

Direct is what the author tells us about the character

Indirect is what we learn about a character for ourselves

Protagonist - Main Character usually good

Antagonist - usually the "VILLIAN"

Supporting characters - everyone else




Setting - Where does the story take place?This can sometimes include geography, and cultural, religious, or political background that serves as a backdrop for the plot.

Time Period


Rural or City





Meaning or Theme

What is the authors purpose?

What is he/she trying to show us?

Theme- What can we learn about life from this story?




Who is the narrator and how is his/her point of view developed?

This also includes author's craft- figurative language, symbolism, tone, mood, etc.

Diction: the choice or use of words in speech or writing.Stream of

Consciousness: the character's thoughts are open to the reader presented as a flow of ideas.



Point of View:

1st Person - when the narrator is inside the story; telling the story as a character who says "I."

3rd Person Omniscient - narrator is outside of the story but still tells what the characters are thinking.

3rd Person Limited - narrator is outside of the story and gives feelings of main character only, all others are objective.

3rd Person Objective - narrator does not know the feelings of any characters.

2nd Person - narrator relling the story with "you" - very rarely happens.



Essential Question of the Second Nine Weeks
Due Date: 10/10/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Essential Question:

How do our experiences and surroundings shape our perceptions?

Perception - the act of understanding by means of the senses (see, hear, taste, touch, smell) or of the mind; cognition.

Perception is how we are aware of something around us.

We percieve images with our eyes and understand what they mean through the processes in our brain.

Standards for the Second Nine Weeks
Due Date: 10/9/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

RL/RI Standards:

RL/RI 7.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text.

RL/RI 7.4:  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text. (figurative language)

RL/RI 7.5:  Determine how text structure contributes to its meaning.

RL/RI 7.7:  Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version.

Writing Standards:

W.7.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique.

W.7.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 

W.7.6: Use technology to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

W.7.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively.

Language Standards:

L7.1b: Sentence structure

L7.2b: Spelling patterns

L7.4b: Word parts

L7.5b: Relationships (synonym/antonym, analogy)


Figurative Language
Due Date: 9/14/2017
Subject: 7th Grade Language Arts

Simile - A figure of speech comparing two unlike things using like or as. "She's as sweet as pie."

Metaphor - A figure of speech comparing two unlike things without using like or as. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

Personification - Representation of a thing or idea taking on human characteristics. "The sun danced across the sky."

Hyperbole - Exaggeration "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse."

Onomatopoeia - Naming a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound it's associated with. "Boom! Snap! Crackle!"