WORD LISTS

"Esperanza Rising," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

January 29, 2014
As you read Pam Munoz Ryan’s "Esperanza Rising," learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-7, Chapters 8-10, Chapters 11-14
tendril
He gently touched a wild tendril that reached into the row, as if it had been waiting to shake his hand.
scythe
The short blade was curved like a scythe, its fat wooden handle fitting snugly in her palm.
reserved
This job was usually reserved for the eldest son of a wealthy rancher, but since Esperanza was an only child and Papa’s pride and glory, she was always given the honor.
reap
The campesmos, the field workers, spread out over the land and began the task of reaping the fields.
prefer
Esperanza preferred to think, though, that she and her someday-husband would live with Mama and Papa forever.
serenade
Tomorrow was her birthday and she knew that she would be serenaded at sunrise.
congregate
Papa and the men who lived on the ranch would congregate below her window, their rich, sweet voices singing Las Mananitas, the birthday song.
adobe
In the dusky light, she walked around the courtyard to the back of the large adobe and wood house.
confirm
“Bad luck,” said Mama, confirming the superstition, but she half-smiled.
resentment
They both knew that even though it was 1930 and the revolution in Mexico had been over for ten years, there was still resentment against the large landowners.
distinguished
She looked very distinguished, wearing a respectable black dress, the same gold loops she wore in her ears every day, and her white hair pulled back into a bun at the nape of her neck.
capricious
But Esperanza loved her more for her capricious ways than for her propriety.
lopsided
The tops of her mountains were lopsided and the bottoms of her valleys were all bunched up.
neglected
He loved the land as Papa did and it had been the two of them, working side by side, who had resurrected the neglected rose garden that had been in the family for generations.
taunt
Miguel would look at her and before riding off with Papa, he would give her a taunting smile.
distracted
Distracted, Mama paced at the window, each step making a hollow tapping sound on the tile floor.
dwindle
They tried to pass the time with small talk but their words dwindled into silence.
transform
But those thoughts would only stay in her mind for a moment before transforming into worry, because she couldn’t ignore the throbbing soreness in her thumb where the thorn had left its unlucky mark.
despair
She fell to her knees and sank into a dark hole of despair and disbelief.
anguish
Her smile faded, her chest tightened, and a heavy blanket of anguish smothered her smallest joy.
ambush
Papa and his vaqueros had been ambushed and killed while mending a fence on the farthest reaches of the ranch.
condolence
In front of the adults, Esperanza modeled Mama’s refined manners, accepting Marisol’s condolences.
composure
Mama did not answer but maintained her composure.
regret
You will regret your decision, Ramona. You must keep in mind that this house and those grapes are on my property. I can make things difficult for you.
pretentious
“But he could build another house, bigger and more pretentious anywhere on the property,” said Mama.
devious
“But be careful. He is a devious, dangerous man.”
intend
“There are rumors in town that Luis intends to take over the ranch, one way or another. Now that it seems true, we will probably leave for the United States to work.”
pervade
Their overripe sweetness now pervaded the air with each breath of wind.
silhouette
Esperanza stood in the middle of it all, watching the outline of her home silhouetted in flames against the night sky.
deliberate
The flames ran along the deliberate rows of the vines, like long curved fingers reaching for the horizon, lighting the night sky.
salvage
Avoiding the smoldering piles, she picked through the black wood, hoping to find something to salvage.
consult
She was looking up, as if consulting the angels.
charity
You would have to depend on the charity of others, and they would be afraid to help you.
forbid
You have your papers but ours were lost in the fire and they forbid anyone to enter without a visa.
insult
This will be a great insult to Luis. If he finds out, he will prevent you from leaving the territory.
smirk
Esperanza was quiet and stared at the dirt, hiding the smirk on her face.
waif
And those clothes, Ramona! They are not fitting for a woman of your stature, and Esperanza looks like a waif.
valise
Esperanza held a valise filled with clothes, a small package of tamales, and her doll from Papa.
sprawling
Then Mama took a determined breath and headed toward the sprawling trees.
venom
She hurried after Mama, knowing that she might never come back to her home again, and her heart filled with venom for Tio Luis.

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Wednesday February 12th, 4:13 AM
Comment by: bowen X. (Australia)
could you write one about Skulduggery Pleasant?

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