Words of the Week

#11. credible source- (noun) research materials from individuals or organizations that are considered experts on the topic whose information is reliable. Sentence: To be sure you have a credible source, try to find the same information in more than one place (this is also called cross-referencing!)

#1 ambiguous-  (adjective) open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations. Sentence: The student wrote a sentence for his vocabulary word, but it was so ambiguous the teacher couldn’t tell if he actually knew what the word meant.

#2 figurative language- (noun) using a word or phrase that does not have its normal everyday, literal meaning. Sentence: Writers can use figurative language like similes, metaphors, and personification to make their writing more interesting or more dramatic than literal language.

#3 sensory details- (noun) includes sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Writers use the five senses to bring readers into the world they are creating. Copy one or more of the example sentences below:
    sight--her golden brown hair hangs gently down her back like a cascading waterfall
    sound--the train clanks and screeches metallically along the tracks
    smell--when I walked in, the aroma of warm chocolate, caramel, and other sugary sweetness permeated the air in the kitchen
    touch--his skin is so scaly and rough, it must feel like sandpaper

#4. benevolent (adjective) Characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings. Sentence: Our sixth-grade students are benevolent students; they watch out for each other, clean the hallways, and are nice to teachers.

#5 growth mindset (noun): In a growth mindset, people believe their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Sentence: The teachers wanted the students to have a growth mindset- to understand that they could all be successful by working hard and believing in themselves.

#6. attribute (noun)- characteristics of a concept which must be present for the concept to exist. Sentence: A critical attribute of a personal narrative is that the author reflects on what s/he learned at the end.

#7.displace- (verb) to force someone to leave their home typically because of war, natural disaster or persecution. Sentence: We have learned that thousands of people were displaced because of the Sudanese Civil war.

#8. adversity (noun)- adverse or unfavorable fortune, fate, or misfortune; challenges or something that stands in a person’s way. Sentence: The South Sudanese people have had to fight through adversity because of the lack of education and water.

#9. refuge (noun): a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. Sentence: When hiding from the rebels, the Sudanese refugees were forced to take refuge in the African bush, where they tried to hide for their lives.

#10. vague pronouns (noun)- Every pronoun (it, they, he, she, this…) should refer back to a specific noun (known as the antecedent). If it doesn’t, it is a vague pronoun. Definition: a pronoun with an unclear antecedent. Sentence: He went to talk to his teacher so he could get some help. (Who is “he”?)