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"Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyea, September–October

April 11, 2019
A new teacher inspires a class of fifth graders — but when Mr. Terupt suffers a devastating injury, his students struggle to come to terms with their responsibility for the accident.

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theory
New teachers don’t know the rules, so you can get away with things the old-timers would squash you for. That was my theory.
syndrome
The first day of school. I was nervous. Somewhat. The sweaty-palms-and-dry-mouth syndrome struck.
exceptional
A red-haired woman who proved to be exceptional at multitasking greeted us with a smile and a slight nod.
disinfect
The halls smelled stuffy but clean, like they’d just been disinfected.
corresponding
I immediately made a data table of all the letters and their corresponding values. A quick reference for me.
worthwhile
I figured this could still be a worthwhile strategy for other words.
strategy
I figured this could still be a worthwhile strategy for other words.
flashy
She loves to wear flashy clothes—dresses, skirts, fancy shoes—and she always has the accessories to go with them.
accessory
She loves to wear flashy clothes—dresses, skirts, fancy shoes—and she always has the accessories to go with them.
strut
He strutted to the board like he was the coolest thing since sliced bread and wrote it for the class.
slink
Peter slunk back to his seat. No surprise to me, Mr. Terupt knew what Peter was up to the whole time.
snicker
Mr. Terupt snickered. “That’s enough, Luke. I must say, this isn’t a word I was expecting, but nonetheless, it’s our first dollar word. Congratulations.”
nonetheless
Mr. Terupt snickered. “That’s enough, Luke. I must say, this isn’t a word I was expecting, but nonetheless, it’s our first dollar word. Congratulations.”
gazebo
There’s playground equipment in another spot, and a large field for running around and playing sports, like kickball or football. That’s where the gazebo is, too—by the edge of the field.
reassure
Only Mom understands, and I feel a little better when she reassures me that I’ll thin out as I grow.
fume
It’s a good thing Danielle was her partner. She’s the patient kind. Anyone else would have been fuming.
concoction
Mr. T let us feed our plant any concoction we wanted to over the course of a week.
manure
“Lexie. Maple syrup comes from trees. I drink soda a lot, and I’m growing—and farmers put animal manure on their fields all the time. So zip it. It’s going to work.”
manipulate
Mr. Terupt told us to manipulate the plant’s nourishment. “Feed it whatever you want,” he said. “Make your own concoctions.”
uneasy
Mr. Terupt, on the other hand, appeared a little uneasy about the whole thing, but he never stopped me.
billow
Smoke started billowing from my concoction.
confrontation
Jeffrey thought this confrontation was a big deal.
flashback
“I saw,” I said. And I saw flashbacks of smoke pouring out of the bowl. I knew I wasn’t ever going to be a botanist (dollar word).
botanist
“I saw,” I said. And I saw flashbacks of smoke pouring out of the bowl. I knew I wasn’t ever going to be a botanist (dollar word).
blurt
“I don’t want to kill my plant,” I blurted out.
ostracize
My mom has warned me not to get involved in that popularity stuff. She was ostracized once.
shun
I can tell that she still hurts inside from all of it. Even her own parents shunned her.
jab
“What do you want?” she shot back, jabbing her stick too hard into the ground, causing it to snap in half.
scowl
I walked alongside Jessica until I saw Lexie marching toward us. She had a mean scowl on her face.
determined
She looked mad. Real mad—like a mama cow determined to keep you away from her new calf.

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