Vocabulary Project Words

This page is devoted to all the words on our classroom walls and their definitions.  It will be be added to all year! 
Vocabulary Project- due May 22nd

Curriculum Words
selection- a text or an excerpt of a text used to ask questions on a test.
appropriate- the correct information used to get to an answer.
clarify- to make clear.
thesis- a statement or theory that needs to be proved.
claim- a statement or theory that needs to be proved.
conclude- to come to a final decision based upon information.
summarize- to give a brief explanation of a story or an article.
paraphrase- to put into your own words.
periods of ellipsis- 3 dots at the end of a sentence that should be continued.
analyze- to look at closely, with purpose.
annotate- to make notes and underline as you read text.
conclusion- the final opinion or thought about something.
prefix- letters before a word.
suffix- letters after a word.
memoir- a piece of writing telling about something that really happened to you.
metacognition- thinking about your thinking.
gist- the main point of what you read.
resources- things you use to help you.
collaborate- to work together.
reformulate- to put text into your own words.
context clues- clues in the text that you can use to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
evidence- proof to back up an answer.
inference- to use what you know about something to make an educated guess about something you don't know.
cite- to provide the resource you used or place you found an answer to a question.
support- to back something up, to make it stronger with assistance.
indicate- to point out or show.
persuade- to talk someone into something.
contribute- to add or give to something.
develop- to grow or become larger, more detailed or advanced.
introduce- to make something known for the first time.
distributed summarizing- to read chunks of text then summarize the chunk you read
effective- successful in producing the result you wanted.
essential- very important, necessary. 
examine- to inspect or look at closely.

Social Studies Words
hominid- early human.
cuneiform- earliest form of writing.
paddle dolls- handmade dolls that were buried with the dead in ancient Egypt.
hierarchy- a social system of power.
caste system- a class, or group, in Hindu society.
karma- a belief found in Hinduism and other Indian traditions that the good and evil done in a past life determines the nature of that person's next life.
Vedas- a collection of ancient writings viewed as sacred by many Hindus
dharma- a belief found in Hinduism and other Indian traditions that a person has a duty or obligation to live an honorable life.
pharoah- a ruler of ancient Egypt
legalism- a Chinese philosophy that emphasizes strict obedience to laws.
daoism- a Chinese philosophy that emphasizes living in harmony with nature.
Confucianism- a Chinese philosophy that emphasizes proper behavior.
edicts- commands that are obeyed by law.
city-state- an early city that was like a small, independent country with its own laws and government.
Silk Road- a network of trade routes that stretched for more than 4000 miles across Asia.
dynasty- a family or group that rules for several generations.

Interesting Words

coruscate- sparkly, glittery, dazzling.
abasement- to lower in rank or office.
philanthropist- a person who donates money to charities.
winsome- pretty, positive, pleasant.
bifurcate- to split into 2 parts.
ubiquitous- seeming to be everywhere.
zeitgeist- a particular era in history.
red herring- something, like a clue, that is intended to be misleading.
proxy- used to represent something or someone.
serendipity- something that happens by chance, as it it's meant to be.
acquisition- to obtain or to get.
oasis- a body of water.
oases- more than one body of water.
paradigm- a way of thinking.
expedient- doing things the convenient way, sometimes called taking the easy way out.
segue- a transition from one thing to another.
rite- a religious/serious ceremony.
laxity- lazy, slack, apathetic.
impede- to get in the way of.
apathy- lack of concern.
multifaceted- someone with many different talents and perspectives.
bandwagon- to go along with the crowd or the common opinion.
hypocrite- a person who puts on a false appearance.
awry- away from the normal.
bottleneck- something that gets in the way of things happening the way they should.
buzzword- a word or phrase that is common or fashionable to say.
tangent- a completely different line of thought or action.
pedagogy- the method and practice of teaching.
realist- a person who accepts a situation as it is and is prepared to deal with it accordingly.
alarmist- someone who exaggerates and causes needless worrying.
oxford comma- a comma used in a list and before the word "and."

Global Citizenship Words
wedge topics- topics that are too sensitive to talk about in certain groups of people.
Significant Emotional Event (S.E.E)- something that has happened to you that has caused heavy influence on your life.
tunnel vision- the tendency to focus exclusively on one point of view.
activism- standing up for what you believe in even if it contradicts the opinions of others.
civil disobedience- a peaceful form of political protest.
civic engagement- standing up for what you believe in even if it contradicts the opinions of others.