Words of the Week

Second 10 words:


First 10 words:

1. refugee
:  noun, a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
Sentence: The refugees were fleeing Africa because their communities were in ruins due to the civil war happening.

2. gourd: (noun) the hard-shelled fruit of any of various plants whose dried shell is used for bowls and other utensils. Examples: squash, watermelon, etc.

Sentence: The young Sudanese girl used a gourd to carry water back from the well.

3. emaciated: (adjective) to make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation. Sentence: Salva and his group were emaciated from the harsh reality of not having enough food on their journey.

4. empathy: (noun) the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Sentence: It’s important to learn about the experiences of others so that we can learn empathy for our fellow humans and put ourselves in their shoes.

5. fixed mindset: (noun) believing that your basic qualities like intelligence and skills are pre-determined and cannot be changed. Sentence: When you have a fixed mindset, you don’t spend enough time practicing and developing skills that may not come “naturally.”

6. humanitarian: (noun) someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms. Sentence: Salva’s work with his charity, Water for South Sudan, makes him a true humanitarian.

7. borehole: (noun) a deep, narrow hole made in the ground, especially to locate water or oil. Sentence: While digging the borehole in Nya’s village, the workers ran into many obstacles.

8. theme: (noun) the overall lesson or message the author wants the reader to take away from the story and is shown through characters' experiences. Stories can have more than one theme. It’s implied, not stated. Sentence: One theme in A Long Walk to Water is that your mindset can help you through the hardest challenges.

9. metacognition (noun) thinking about your own thinking; being aware of what you are thinking about. Sentence: We get better at reading when we practice metacognition to be sure we’re actively reading.

10. clarifying: (verb) requires the reader to determine the meaning of certain words and/or phrases and concepts. Sentence: When clarifying while you read, be sure to use your background knowledge and context clues to help you understand unfamiliar words or phrases.