Vocabulary words are listed in numerical order. Some stories have no words. Additional words, (not categorized as vocabulary) are listed below the vocabulary list. (Labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) Collection 1 “Moments of Truth”



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Holt Literature 6th Grade Vocabulary (With Additional Story Words)


Vocabulary Words are listed under the Story Title. The vocabulary words are listed in numerical order. Some stories have no words. Additional words, (not categorized as vocabulary) are listed below the vocabulary list. (Labeled a, b, c, d, etc.)

Collection 1 “Moments of Truth”

  • Literary Focus: Plot and Setting

  • Informational Reading Focus: Analyzing Structural Features of Media

  • Elements of Plot and Setting: Madeline Travers Hovland

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Summarizing the Plot: Retelling: Kylene Beers



Dragon, Dragon (Short Story by John Gardener)


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. plagued- troubled

  2. ravaged- violently destroyed

  3. lunged- plunged forward suddenly

  4. craned- stretched (the neck) as a crane does

*** No Vocabulary Development After the Story




Just Once (Short Story by Thomas J. Dygard)

  1. devastating- causing great damage

  2. nurturing- promoting growth of, nursing

  3. anonymous- unidentified

  4. accolade-something said or done to express praise

  5. tolerant- patient, accepting of others

  6. ponder- think over carefully


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. precedent- action or statement that can serve as an example


  2. purist- someone who insists that rules be followed strictly

  3. hapless- unlucky

  4. cakewalk-easy job



*** “Just Once” Vocabulary Development After the Story Using Context to Determine Meaning
The Stone (Short Story Lloyd Alexander)

  1. delved –dug

  2. gaped - stared with the mouth open, as in wonder.

  3. plight - bad situation

  4. obliged – forced

  5. jubilation – rejoicing

  6. rue – feel sorrow or regret for

  7. mired- sunk or stuck

  8. fallow- left unplanted

No Additional Story Words

***The Stone Vocabulary Development After the Story Making Sense of Synonyms
All Summer In a Day (Short Story by Ray Bradbury)


  1. slackening – lessening; slowing down

  2. surged - moved in a wave

  3. resilient- springy; quick to recover

  4. savored - delighted in


No Additional Words
*** Vocabulary Development After the Story “All Summer In A Day” Monitoring Comprehension

What Will Out Town Look Like? (Magazine)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Solar System Bodies: Venus (Web Page)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words

***Vocabulary Development After You Read for “Solar System Bodies” - Using Context Clues

The Bridegroom (Narrative Poem by Alexander Pushkin)


  • No Vocabulary Words for this story



More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. distraught- extremely troubled

  2. plied- addressed urgently and persistently

  3. shingle-gate- gate to the beach

  4. troika- Russian sleigh or carriage drawn by three horses.

  5. brocaded- having a raised design woven into the fabric

  6. mead - alcoholic drink made of fermented honey and water.

  7. tumult- noisy commotion

  8. ikons - images of Christ, the Virgin, and saints used in Eastern Orthodox Church (also spelled icons)

  9. clamor - loud noise

  10. blanches - turns white, becomes pale

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

In the Fog (Play by Milton Geiger)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. devoid – of; without

  2. scrutinizes- examines carefully

  3. moonshiners – people who distill liquor illegally

  4. warrant – declare positively

  5. retractors – surgical instruments for holding back the flesh at the edge of a wound.

  6. pneumothorax - air or gas in chest cavity

  7. irrigation – flushing out a wound with water or other fluid

  8. pay station - pay telephone
  9. Meade’s men – Lee’s; The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War. On July 1-3, 1863, the Confederacy’s forces, under Robert E. Lee, met with Union forces under George Gordon Meade. The climax of the battle came when 15,000 Confederate soldiers, led by George Pickett, charged Cemetery Ridge and were repelled. The North suffered about 23,000 causalities, the South about 20,000.


*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

The Hitchhiker (Radio Play by Lucille Fletcher)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. auto camp – a campground with places for drivers to park their cars

  2. lark – good time; spree

  3. Pulaski Skyway – long-span bridge connecting the cities of Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey.

  4. Alleghenies – the Allegheny mountain range; a part of the Appalachian Mountains that runs through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.

  5. willies – feeling of nervousness; jitters

  6. monotony – a tiresome sameness

  7. junction – point where two sets of railroad tracks join

  8. dogs – a slang word for feet.

  9. pink elephants - imaginary objects seen by someone drunk or delirious.

  10. mesa – elevated flat-topped land formation with steep sides.

  11. Beachwood 2-0828 – phone number; At the time of the story, phone numbers in the United States began with two letters (called an exchange), followed by five numbers. Names (called exchange names) like Beechwood were used to tell callers which two letters to dial-usually the first two letters of the name (i.e, BE for Beechwood).

  12. prostrated – overcome by exhaustion or grief; weak

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

No Questions Asked



  • Earth Poem by Oliver Herford

  • Earth Poem by John Hal Wheelock

Preparing for Standardized Tests

  • The Path Through the Cemetery (Short Story by Leonard Q. Ross)

  • Solar System Exploration (Web Page by NASA)

Collection 2 Characters: The People You’ll Meet


  • Literary Focus: Analyzing Character

  • Informational Reading Focus: Taking Notes and Outlining

  • Elements of Characters: Madeline Travers Hovland

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Making Inferences: Retelling: Kylene Beers


From Bud, Not Buddy (Novel Excerpt by Christopher Paul Curtis)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Ta-Na-E-Ka (Short Story by Mary Whitebird)

  1. loftiest- noblest; highest

  2. shrewdest- sharpest, most clever

  3. grimaced- twisted the face to express pain, anger or disgust.

  4. gorging- filling up; stuffing

  5. audacity- boldness; daring

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development for Ta-Na-E-Ka – Developing Fluency in Word Usage


The Wind People Facts About the Kaw by Flo Ota De Lange

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. Soverign Nation: Native American nations govern themselves and are not subject to the laws of the U.S. Government except through treaty or agreement.

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development for Wind People Developing Words from Native American Languages



The Bracelet (Short Story by Yushiko Uchida)

  1. evacuated – removed from an area.

  2. interned- imprisoned or confined

  3. aliens- foreigners

  4. forsaken- abandoned; deserted

No Additional Story Words


*** After You Read Vocabulary Development for The Bracelet: The Roots of English

Wartime Mistakes, Peacetime Apologies (Magazine Article by Nancy Day)


  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. prescribe- define officially.

  2. in his discretion – according to his wishes or judgement.

  3. compensation – payment given to make up for a loss or injury.

  4. lobbying – activity aimed at influencing public officials.

  5. curfew – shortly before the relocation began, the head of the Western Defense, Lt. Gen. John DeWitt, set a curfew. Between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM each day, “all persons of Japanese ancestry” had to remain indoors, off the streets.

  6. filed suit - went to court in an attempt to recover something.

No Additional Story Words


*** After You Read Vocabulary Development for Wartime Mistakes, Peacetime Apologies: Excluded People/Excluded Words
Blanca Flor (Play by Angel Vigil)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. Don- Spanish for “Sir” or “Mr.”

  2. Dona- Spanish for “Lady” or “Madam”

  3. barren- not producing crops or fruit

  4. flourish- sweeping movement

  5. apprehensively – fearfully, uneasily

  6. mijito- contraction of mi hijito, Spanish for “my little son”

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development for Blanca Flor: Using Spanish Words in English


The Southpaw (Short Story by Judith Viorst)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Summer Diamond Girl (Essay by Toni Janik)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story


  1. clinics – classes or workshops that provide instruction in a specific skill.

  2. dilapidated- falling to pieces; shabby

  3. repertoire - a collection of songs and cheers someone knows and can perform.

  4. prominent- important; easy to notice

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

No Questions Asked



From the Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Novel Excerpt by Mark Twain)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. odious- hateful; disgusting

  2. colicky symptoms- pains in the stomach

  3. if he….court- if he came before his aunt. (Twain is comparing Tom’s aunt to a judge in court.

  4. row- noise and quarreling.

  5. vended- traveled

  6. expectorate- spit

  7. adherent – follower

  8. pariah – outcast

  9. gaudy - flashy; showy and in poor taste.

  10. hogsheads- very large barrels

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

Preparing for Standardized Tests


  • Celebrating the Quinceanera (Article by Mara Rockcliff)

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

Collection 3 “The Heart of the Matter”

  • Literary Focus: Analyzing Theme

  • Informational Reading Focus: Evaluating Evidence

  • Elements of Literature: Theme Madeline Travers Hovland

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Finding the Theme: Kylene Beers


Two Frogs and the Milk Vat (Fable by Claude Brown)
  • No Vocabulary Words or Additional Words for this story

*** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



The All American Slurp (Short Story by Lensey Namioka)

  1. lavishly – generously, plentifully

  2. mortified – ashamed; deeply embarrassed.

  3. spectacle – remarkable sight.

  4. etiquette- acceptable manners and behavior.

No Additional Words for this story


*** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Context Clues to Clarify Meaning
Everybody is Different, but the Same Too (Interview Nilou)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

No Additional Words in this story

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Figurative Language
The Emperor’s New Clothes (Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Anderson)


  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. looms – machines used for weaving thread into cloth.

  2. ludicrous- ridiculous; laughable

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Hyperboles


Uniform Style (Article by Mara Rockliff)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. mandatory – required

  2. motivate – cause someone to do something or act in a certain way; push or drive.

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Interpreting Idioms


Baucis and Philemon (Greek Myth Retold by Olivia Coolidge)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story
  1. Zeus - chief god in Greek mythology.


  2. Hermes- god who serves as messenger of the other gods.

  3. Baucis

  4. Philemon

  5. immortals – ancient Greek Gods

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Words from Mythology


One Child’s Labor or Love (Interview)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story (One Child’s Labor of Love)

  1. prestigious- much admired and sought after.

  2. advocates – supporters, defenders.

  3. scrutiny – close examination or study.

  4. mediation - attempt to settle disputes by stepping in and trying to help.

***No After You Read Vocabulary Development


Rapunzel (Fairy Tale Retold by Neil Phillip)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. wan – sickly; weak

  2. tresses – long locks of hair

  3. skein – length of loosely wound thread or yarn.

  4. brambles – prickly shrubs or vines

***No After You Read Vocabulary Development




Rumplestiltskin (Fairy Tale by Rosemarie Kunzler)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

***No After You Read Vocabulary Development



No Questions Asked

  • King Long Shanks (Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen)

  • Earth Poem by John Hal Wheelock

Preparing for Standardized Tests

  • Little Mangy One (Lebanese Folk Tale told by Inea Bushnaq)
  • Too Much TV Can Equal Too Much Weight (Magazine Article by Jamie Rodgers)


Collection 4 “Forms of Fiction”

  • Literary Focus: Identifying and Analyzing Forms of Fiction

  • Informational Reading Focus: Analyzing Comparison and Contrast

  • Elements of Literature: Forms of Fiction Mara Rockliff

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: When the Words Are Tough: Kylene Beers


I Was Not Alone: An Interview with Rosa Parks (Interview by Brian Lanker)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. boycott – act of joining together and refusing to deal with a company for political reasons

  2. inaugurated – formally begun

  3. domestic help – household servants, maids, or drivers.

  4. proclamation – official announcement

***No After You Read Vocabulary Development


The Gold Cadillac (Novella by Mildred D. Taylor)

  1. evident – obvious

  2. rural – having to do with country life

  3. heedful – attentive; keeping in mind

  4. ignorance- lack of knowledge

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. in unison – a chorus, in the same words, spoken at the same time.

  2. caravan – group of cars traveling together

*** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Synonyms and Antonyms


Separate but Never Equal (Article by Mara Rockliff)

  • No Vocabulary Words or Additional Words for this story

***No After You Read Vocabulary Development


LaBamba (Short Story by Hans Gary Soto)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story


  1. Richie Valens- (1941-1959), the professional singer mentioned in the story, was the first Mexican American rock star. In 1959, when he was only seventeen, Valens was killed in a plane crash.

  2. para bailar la bamba - Spanish for “to dance the bamba”

  3. que ninos tan truchas – Spanish for “what smart kids”

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Words with Multiple Meanings


Goodbye Records, Hello CD’s (Article by Mara Rockliff)

  • No Vocabulary Words or Additional Words for this story

** After You Read Vocabulary Development for Goodbye Records, Hello CD’s: Words with Multiple Meanings

Medusa’s Head (Greek Myth by Olivia Coolidge) & Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head (Cartoon by Marcia Williams)

  1. descended – moved to a lower place; came down

  2. perplexity – bewilderment; confusion

  3. perpetual – permanent; constant

  4. recesses – inner places

  5. hovered – remained suspended in the air.

No Additional Story Words


** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Words with Clarifying Words Meanings
He Lion, Bruh Bear, and Bruh Rabbit

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Story Words

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development


The Fox and the Crow (Aesop: Greek fable Dramatized by Mara Rockliff: Reader’s Theater)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. lair- home of a wild animal; den

  2. cordial – warm and friendly

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

The Wolf and the House Dog (Aesop: Greek fable Dramatized by Mara Rockliff: Reader’s Theater)


  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this story

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Words with Multiple Meanings


Author Study: Zora Neale Hurston

How the Snake Got Poison (African American Folk Tale – From Mules and Men)

  • No Vocabulary Words or Additional Words for this story

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development


How the Possum Lost the Hair on ItsTail (African American Folk Tale – From Mules and Men)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. Ole Nora: Noah was ordered to build an ark so that he and his family might survive the flood. (Genesis 6:9)

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development


Why the “Gator Is Black (African American Folk Tale – From Mules and Men)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. li’dard knot- a kind of wood used in torches.

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development


I Kept Probing to Know (Autobiography – From Dust Tracks on a Road)

  • No Vocabulary Words or Additional Words for this story

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development


Searching for Stories (Autobiography – From Mules and Men)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. negroism – African American society and culture

  2. chemise - a type of women’s slip or dress

  3. John Henry – a hero of African American folk tales, known for his incredible strength.

  4. Casey Jones – a famous train engineer and folk hero

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

No Questions Asked


  • Why Dogs Chase Cats (African Folk Tale by Julius Lester) No Vocabulary or Additional Words

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

Preparing for Standardized Tests

  • From All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Essay by Robert Fulghum) No Vocabulary or Additional Words

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Collection 5 “Biography and Autobiography: Unforgettable Personalities”

  • Literary Focus: Analyzing First- and Third Person Narration

  • Informational Reading Focus: Connecting and Clarifying Main Idea

  • Elements of Literature: First- and Third Person Narration by Madeline Travers Howland

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Finding the Main Idea: Kylene Beers


Ugly Duckling or Little Mermaid? Hans Christian Anderson (Biography by Kathleen Krull)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. illiteracy - inability to read or write.

  2. Copenhagen- capital of Denmark

  3. adversity – bad luck, trouble

  4. intimidated - scared; made timid

  5. repelled – disgusted; drove away

  6. melancholy – sad; gloomy

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Storm from Woodsong (Autobiography by Gary Paulsen)

  1. disengage – unfasten

  2. regain – recover

  3. emit - give out; send forth

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. brindle colored – gray or brown and streaked or spotted with a dark color
  2. George Burns – (1896-1996) American comedian and actor with large ears


  3. ladle – cup shaped spoon with long handle for dipping out liquids

  4. railroad grade – rise or elevation in a railroad track

***After You Read Vocabulary Development - Prefixes



Bringing Tang Home (Magazine Article by Gina Spadafori)

  1. furtive- done in a sneaky or secretive way.

  2. formidable – fearsome

  3. feral – untamed; wild

  4. lure – tempt; attract

  5. controversial – debatable; tending to stir up argument

No Additional Story Words


** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

Where the Heart Is (Article by Sheri Henderson)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this story

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Context Clues



Brother from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Autobiography by Maya Angelou)

  1. grating- irritating

  2. lauded – praised highly

  3. aghast – shocked; horrified

  4. precision – exactness; accuracy



More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. Mizeriz – dialect term for “Mrs.”

  2. weevils – small beetles that feed on grains, cotton and other crops.

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Antonyms-Reversing Meaning



The Brother I Never Had (Student Essay by Gim George)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this story

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



(From) The Land I Lost (Autobiography by Huynh Quang Nhuong)
  1. infested – inhabited in large numbers, (said of something harmful)


  2. wily – sly; clever in a sneaky way

  3. hallucination – perception of something that isn’t really there.

  4. placate – calm or soothe (someone who is angry)

  5. avenge – get revenge for; get even for



More Words/Phrases from the story (From) The Land I Lost

  1. plied – worked at

  2. waived – gave up voluntarily

  3. kilos – kilograms, about 2.2 pounds each

  4. incoherently – not clearly

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Context Clues



A Glory Over Everything (from Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad (Biography by Ann Petry)

  1. elude- escape the notice of; avoid detection

  2. inexplicable – not explainable

  3. legitimate – here, reasonable, justified

  4. defiant – disobedient; openly and boldly resisting

  5. sinewy – strong; firm; tough

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. overseer – person who supervises workers, in this case, a slave driver

  2. Brodas Estate – Edward Brodas, the previous owner of the plantation died in 1849 and left his property to his heir, who was not yet old enough to manage it. In the meantime the plantation was placed in the hands of the boy’s guardian, Dr. Thompson.

  3. hire their time – Some slave holders allowed the people they held in slavery to hire themselves out for pay to other plantation owners who needed extra help. In such cases the workers were permitted to keep their earnings.

  4. chain gang – a group of prisoners chained together.
  5. Harriet’s husband, John Tubman, was a free man who was content with his life. He violently disapproved of his wife’s plan to escape and threatened to tell the master if she carried it out.


  6. Ben: Harriet Tubman’s father. Her mother is called Old Kit.

  7. patterollers – patrollers

  8. pinioning – pinning

  9. Big House – plantation owner’s house

  10. The quilt – Tubman had painstakingly stitched together a quilt before her wedding

  11. haycock – pile of hay in a field.

  12. guttural – harsh; rasping

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Word Meanings

All Aboard with Thomas Garrett (Magazine Article by Alice P. Miller)

  1. prudent – wise; sensible

  2. hazardous – dangerous, risky

  3. diligence – steady effort

  4. servitude – condition of being under another’s person’s control

  5. jubilant – joyful

More Words/Phrases from the story



  1. barouche – type of horse drawn carriage

  2. Emancipation Proclamation – presidential order abolishing slavery in the South.

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Related Words



Yes, It Was My Grandmother (Poem by Luci Tapahonso)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this story



** No After You Read Vocabulary Development

In the Blood/En la Sangre (Poem by Pat Mora)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this poem

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



That Day (Poem by David Kherdian)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this poem

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



About “That Day” (Essay by David Kherdian)
  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this essay

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



No Questions Asked

The Landlord’s Granddaughter from the Red Scarf (Memior from Ji-li Jiang)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

More Words/Phrases from the story

  1. dowry- money or property given to a bride’s family to the wedding couple.

  2. Tianjin – city in northeastern China

  3. Little White – Ji li’s family’s pet cat.

  4. Shanghai- China’s largest city; located in eastern China, at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

  5. Worker’s Revolt – newspaper published by the Communist Party of China

  6. Antirightist Movement – a 1957 movement begun by Mao’s Communist Party to punish intellectuals – such as Ji li’s father- whom the Communists felt had unfairly criticized the government.

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Preparing for Standardized Tests

  • From John Brown: One Man Against Slavery (Biography by Gwen Everett)

  • From Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the

  • Underground Railroad (Biography by Ann Petry)

  • Pet Heroes Articles

No Vocabulary or Additional Words for these stories

** No After You Read Vocabulary Development



Collection 6 “The Writer’s Craft: Metaphors, Symbols and Images”

  • Literary Focus: Analyzing Literary Device

  • Informational Reading Focus: Making Assertions About a Text

  • Elements of Literature: Literary Devices by John Leggett

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Improving Fluency and Reading Rate by Kylene Beers

Reading Rate Passage: What Do Fish Have to do With Anything? (by Avi)


The Mysterious Mr. Lincoln (Biography by Russell Freedman)


  1. gawky – clumsy; awkward

  2. repose – state of rest or inactivity

  3. listless – lifeless; lacking in interest or energy

  4. animation – liveliness

  5. defy – resist; oppose

  6. reticent – reserved; tending to speak little

  7. melancholy – mournful; gloomy

  8. omens – things believed to be signs of future events

  9. paramount – main; most important

  10. crusade – struggle for a cause


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. countenance – face

  2. bawdy – humorous, but crude

  3. yarns – entertaining stories filled with exaggeration. Storytellers could said to “spin” yarns.

  4. hick – awkward; inexperienced person from the country

  5. abolitionist – person who supported abolishing or ending, slavery in the United States

  6. dismemberment – separation into parts; division

  7. No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this poem

** After You Read Vocabulary Development: Finding Synonyms

Lincoln’s Humor (Essay by Louis W. Doenig)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this poem

* After You Read Vocabulary Development: Antonyms



What Do Fish Have to do With Anything? (Short Story by Avi)

  1. vaguely – not clearly or definitely; in a general way

  2. urgency – pressure; insistence

  3. contemplated- studied carefully

  4. intently – with close attention

More Words/Phrases in the story


  1. threshold – entrance

  2. interval – period of time between two events

* After You Read Vocabulary Development: Indentifying Antonyms



Getting Leftovers Back on the Table (Article by Mara Rockliff)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this article

* After You Read Vocabulary Development: Connotations and Denotations: Shades of meaning



Eleven (Short Story by Sandra Cisneros)

  • No Vocabulary or Additional Words for this story

* After You Read Vocabulary Development: Connotations: Words Are Loaded with Feelings



The Fun They Had (Short Story by Issac Asimov)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



The Nightingale (Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Anderson)

  • No Vocabulary Words for this story


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. porcelain – fine white china

  2. Ingeniously – skillfully, cleverly

  3. lackeys – servants

  4. plumage – feathers of a bird

  5. street urchins – mischievous youngsters from the street

  6. saber- heavy sword with a curved blade

  7. Chinese mandarin – high official

  8. the bereaved – survivors of a person who recently died.

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



No Questions Asked

  • Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (Poem by Shel Silverstein) No Vocabulary or Story Words

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:

Preparing for Standardized Tests
  • His Gift to Girls (Magazine Article by Ritu Upadhyay) ) No Vocabulary or Story Words

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



Collection 7 “Poetry”

  • Literary Focus: Analyzing Sound Effects and Figures of Speech

  • Elements of Literature: Sound Effects by John Malcom Brinnin

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Reading Poetry by Kylene Beers


Metaphors, Similes and Personification

The Sea (Poem by James Reeves)

  • No Vocabulary or Story Words

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



The Sneetches (Narrative Poem by Dr. Seuss)

  • No Vocabulary or Story Words

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



Your Poem, Man (Poem by Edward Lueders)

  • No Vocabulary or Story Words

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



Ode to Mi Gato (Poem by Gary Soto)

  • No Vocabulary or Story Words



* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:

In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles (Poem by Francisco X. Alarcon)

  • No Vocabulary or Story Words

* No After You Read Vocabulary Development:



Hard On Gas (Poem by Janet S. Wong)

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An old silent pond (Haiku by Matsuso Basho)

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Winter Rain (Haiku byNozawa Boncho)

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Bad Tempered, I got back (Haiku by Oshima Ryota)


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A Balmy Spring Rain (Haiku by Richard Wright)

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Poem (Poem by Langston Hughes)

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Motto (Poem by Langston Hughes)

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John Henry (Ballad by an anonymous African American)

  • No Vocabulary or Story Words

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The Toaster (by William Jay Smith)

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Things to Do If You Are a Subway (Poem by Bobbi Katz)

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The Sidewalk Racer or On the Skateboard (Poem by Lillian Morrison)

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Steam Shovel (Poem by Charles Malam)


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A Nash Menagerie (Poem by Ogden Nash)

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Preparing for Standardized Tests

Forty One Seconds on a Sunday in June, in Salt Lake City, Utah (by Quincy Troupe)


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Collection 8 “Literary Criticism: You Be The Judge”

  • Literary Focus: Responding Critically to Literature

  • Informational Reading Focus: Preparing Applications; Analyzing Faulty Reasoning

  • Elements of Literature: Literary Criticism by Kylene Beers

  • Reading Skills and Strategies: Forming Opinions by Kylene Beers


Three Student Book Reviews (Book Reviews by Kylene Beers)

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The Dog of Pompeii (Short Story by Louis Untermeyer)

  1. ambitious - eager to succeed

  2. proverb – short traditional saying that expresses a truth.

  3. revived – awakened; brought back to life


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. sham – make believe

  2. Caesar – Roman emperor. The word Caesor comes from the family name of Julius Caesar, a great general who ruled Rome as dictator from 49-44 B.C.

  3. sacrifices – offerings; (especially of slaughtered animals) to the gods.

  4. stodgy – heavy and slow in movement

  5. villa – large house

  6. camphor – strong smelling substance used to keep moths away from clothing. Camphor is still used for this purpose.

  7. macallum - market; especially a meat market.

  8. promenade – public place where people stroll.

  9. provinces – places far from the capital, under Roman control
  10. barometer – instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure. Barometers are used in forecasting changes in the weather.


  11. cameo cutter 0 artist who carves small, delicate pictures on gems or shells.

  12. byplay- action taking place outside for the main action of a play.

  13. marine gate – gate in a city wall leading to the sea

  14. Jupiter – the supreme god in the religion of the Romans

  15. excavators – diggers here, archaeologists.

  16. mosaics – pictures or designs made by inlaying small bits of stone, glass, tile or other materials in mortar.



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Pompeii (History by Robert Silverberg)

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More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. Lapilli – small pieces of hardened lava

  2. There had been an earth quake in Pompeii sixteen years before Vesuvius erupted.

  3. Holocaust – great destruction of life

***After You Read Vocabulary Development: Clarifying Word Meanings



Pompeii Museum Application for Volunteer Work (Application Form)

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Zlateh the Goat (Short Story by Issac Bashevis Singer)

  1. penetrated – pierced; made a way through

  2. cleft – split; divided

  3. chaos – total confusion or disorder

  4. exuded – gave off



More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. furrier – someone who makes and repairs fur garments

  2. golden – coins formerly used in several European countries
  3. dreidel- spinning toy played with at Hanukkah. Its four sides display Hebrew letters that stand for “A great miracle happened here.”




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Trial By Fire (People Magazine Article)

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More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. calico – a cat with spots and markings of several colors.

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Pet Adoption Application (Application Form)

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Analyzing Persuasive Techniques (Informational Text)

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Analyzing Propaganda (Informational Text)

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Stray (Short Story by Cynthia Rylant)

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The Flood (True Narrative by Ralph Helfer)

  • No Vocabulary Words for story


More Words/Phrases in the story

  1. indoctrinated – taught

  2. with a vengeance – with great force

  3. salvage – save from destruction

  4. leverage – extra force, power to do something

  5. petrified – frozen in fear

  6. succumbed – surrendered to: were overcome by

  7. haven – safe place; shelter

  8. cowcatcher – a metal frame at the front of a train engine that clears objects from the track

  9. devastating – heartbreaking


  10. disheveled – untidy; messy



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No Questions Asked

A Bubble Bursts from How I Came to Be a Writer (Autobiography by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)



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Preparing for Standardized Tests

Natural History Museum Volunteer Application (Application Form)



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Identify Faulty Reasoning



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