Caught’ya Vocabulary 07

Copy these words, their definitions and parts of speech into your notebook or print this page and add to your notebook. Or (if you’re wise you’ll place the paper Mrs. G gave you in your notebook.) Complete vocabulary words diagrams OR the Spelling Vocabulary City assignments for homework. DUE Monday, November 9. 2015.


apprehensively with uneasy or fearful anticipation Adverb She apprehensively touched the pet snake.
cringe shrink away in fear Verb If you yell, he will cringe and duck in fear.
crouch to bend all the way down at the knees Verb Catchers crouch down behind the batters.
emerge come out of, rise from Verb The groundhog will emerge from his burrow.
flabbergasted made extremely shocked or surprised Verb His gift shocked and flabbergasted her.
glower an angry stare Noun The angry man had a glower on his face.
hastily quickly or without thinking Adverb We hastily ran to catch the bus.
illumination source of light Verb The only illumination came from a candle flame.
implore to beg urgently Verb I implore you to study for the important test!
intimidating fearsomely discouraging, threatening Adjective The intimidating dog scared the cat away.
menacing threatening or foreshadowing danger Adjective The dark, menacing clouds threatened rain.
oncoming approaching or drawing near Adjective The oncoming car’s headlights blinded me.
perpetual repeating and never ending Adjective The water cycle is perpetual and never ends.
petrified paralyzed with fear Adjective The scary movie petrified her with fear.
protest to object or complain Verb I will protest the new rule if I object to it.
pusillanimous lacking courage; cowardly Adjective The pusillanimous man was too timid to stand up for himself.
renovate to restore, change, and make updates Verb We need to renovate our shabby house.
scowl an angry expression showing bad temper Noun The scowl on your face shows your anger.
trepidation great fear or anxiety Noun A storm warning filled me with trepidation.
whimper to make a soft, whiny sound Verb Whiny dogs whimper even when they’re fed.

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5 Ways to Write Better Arguments

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2012-03-01-Better Arguments

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Charles Dickens Biography

 Read the material you were given in class and view the Biography. Complete the questions using correct structure and grammar.

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The Origins of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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original-281389-1Characterization Definition

Characterization is a literary device that is used step by step in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character in a story. It is in the initial stage where the writer introduces the character with noticeable emergence and then following the introduction of the character, the writer often talks about his behavior; then as the story progresses, the thought-process of the character. The next stage involves the character expressing his opinions and ideas and getting into conversations with the rest of the characters. The final part shows how others in the story respond to the character’s personality.

Characterization as a literary tool was coined in the mid 15th century. Aristotle in his Poetics argued that “tragedy is a representation, not of men, but of action and life”. Thus the assertion of the dominance of plot over characters, termed as plot-driven narrative, is unmistakable. This point of view was later on abandoned by many because, in the 19th century, the dominance of character over plot became clear through petty bourgeois novels.

Types of Characterization

An author can use two approaches to deliver information about a character and build an image of it:

1. Direct or explicit characterization

This kind of characterization takes a direct approach towards building the character. It uses another character, narrator or the protagonist himself to tell the readers or audience about the subject.

2. Indirect or implicit characterization

This is a more subtle way of introducing the character to the audience. The audience has to deduce for themselves the characteristics of the character by observing his/her thought process, behavior, speech, way of talking, appearance, and way of communication with other characters and also by discerning the response of other characters.


Characterization is an essential component in writing good literature. Modern fiction, in particular, has taken great advantage of this literary device. Understanding the role of characterization in storytelling is very important for any writer. To put it briefly, it helps us make sense of the behavior of any character in a story by helping us understand their thought processes. A good use of characterization always leads the readers or audience to relate better to the events taking place in the story. Dialogues play a very important role in developing a character because they give us an opportunity to examine the motivations and actions of the characters more deeply.

Source: Characterization

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Homophones: Know the Difference!

Visit the following links to practice using these words correctly.

It’s or Its?

There or Their or They’re

To or Too or Two?


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Vocabulary Word Diagram Notes

Draw one diagram for each vocabulary word.  











See the sample below.  It uses the first word from your Vocab01 words.














Parts not completed will be marked off 5 points.

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How you learn!

Scanning of a human brain by X-rays

Scanning of a human brain by X-rays

Know yourself to improve yourself  ~Auguste Comte

Use the papers given to you by Mrs. G and the links below to learn more about yourself. This assignment is worth 100 points.

Personal Learning Style Inventory

Multiple Intelligences

Brain Dominance


Assigned Thursday, August 20th- Had class time and DI period to complete.  Those who didn’t finish must complete for homework and turn in on Monday, August 24, 2015.

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