WORD LISTS

"Speak," Vocabulary from the "First Marking Period"

February 13, 2013
As you read Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel "Speak," learn these word lists: First Marking Period, Second Marking Period, Third Marking Period, and Fourth Marking Period.
abduct
When I went to that party, I was abducted by aliens.
abstinence
High schoolers in general are encouraged to abstain from alcohol, pre-marital sex, and other vices like smoking.
High—Home of the Trojans” didn’t send a strong abstinence message, so they have transformed us into the Blue Devils.
baffle
Baffling.
bellow
The news-team anchor- dude bellows, “Five dead in house fire!
canopy
The only things that were really mine were my stuffed-rabbit collection from when I was a little kid and my canopy bed.
deprived
Deprived of Victim, Mom and Dad holler at each other.
embroider
I predict skirts with geese and white blouses with embroidered ducks on the collar.
errant
Principal Principal spots another errant student in the hall.
faction
Think of "faction" like a fraction -- a clique, division, or group.
Our clan, the Plain Janes, has splintered and the pieces are being absorbed by rival factions.
flee
This broken ball could be used to express such powerful visions—you could paint a picture of it with people fleeing from the hole, with a wet-muzzled dog chewing Alaska—the opportunities are endless.
frenzy
In a post-Halloween frenzy, the school board has come out against calling us the Devils.
genius
Me: “You are a decorating genius.”
humble
Brown bags—humble testament to suburbia, or terminal geek gear?
inconspicuous
Everyone can see something "conspicuous," but if we do not want to be seen, we work to be "inconspicuous."
And it gives me time to scan the cafeteria for a friendly face or an inconspicuous corner.
insulate
Insulated lunch bags—hip way to save the planet, or sign of an overinvolved mother?
interim
The interim reports came today.
interrogation
After last night’s interrogation, I try to pay attention in biology.
intimidated
I shouldn’t be intimidated.
mayhem
We will wander underneath them and commit mild acts of mayhem.
obscene
Profanity is made of obscene words.
The engine clanks, which makes the guys in the back holler something obscene.
potpourri
Often, a "potpourri" contains random items to produce a fragrant smell.
I want to smuggle in a blanket and some potpourri, too.
pseudo
A "pseudonym" is a name an author uses as a pen name instead of his own name.
Just a pseudo-friend, disposable friend.
rally
A "rally" consists of a gathering of people called to encourage a team or team effort.
Not only is the Homecoming pep rally going to spring me from algebra, it will be a great time to clean up my closet.
rumor
You hear so many rumors.
russet
They favor plaid for autumn with matching sweaters in colors named after fruit, like apricot and russet apple.
sanctuary
SANCTUARY
savant
An "idiot savant" is a person considered to have a mental handicap, yet has particular ability in a subject matter (like math) or a brilliance in an area (like memory). "Savant" refers to a scholar.
We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders.
scheming
Heather hops on the treadmill and resumes scheming.
splurge
We traded clothes and splurged on cheap black wigs.
squabble
My parents squabble about who will answer it.
thespian
Many schools have a thespian society made up of the drama club.
We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders.
varsity
The "varsity" team in a high schools are usually composed with upper class men, juniors and seniors, most often the more experienced players.
I motor so fast out of the lunchroom the track coach would draft me for varsity if he were around.

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