Acquisition of Vocabulary
Here are the vocabulary words for The Indian in the Cupboard. Next to each word is the page number where it is found. Use context clues to discuss the meaning of the word and follow-up with verification in the dictionary.
1. escarpment - page 39: a long steep slope especially at the edge of a plateau
2. tottered - page 127: move in an unstable way
3. septic - page 165: infected with bacteria
4. mulish - page 76: being stubborn like a mule
5. hallucination - page 95: perception of something that is not there
6. bandolier - page104: shoulder belt with loops or pockets
7. musingly - page 107: in a thoughtful manner
8. taunted - page 108: a remark made to anger or provoke
9. skittles - page 110: a game played with wooden pins that are knocked down
10. persecutor - page 112: one who harasses or annoys
11. gesticulating - page 115: using dramatic gestures sometimes instead of speaking
12. flummoxed - page 128: bewildered
13. chasm - page 148: a deep,long and narrow opening in the earth or a large rock
14. sullenly - page 151: bad-tempered,sulky,gloomy
Activities with vocabulary which can be used for assessment or reinforcement:
1. Write sentences using the words correctly
2. Matching word with meaning
3. Fill in the blank of teacher-created sentences with words from the word bank
4. Discuss suffixes such as: ly, ing, or, ment, ed
Exploring words from England:
Read these sentences and discuss what replacement word or phrase might be used in the United States:
1. Headmaster (page 120) “Patrick, answer me. Or I’ll send you to the headmaster."
2. Ten pence (page 137) Mr. Yapp dropped the plastic figure in the bag and said, “Ten pence."
3.Tea time (page 2, 54, 141) “He went straight to his room without waiting for tea."
4. an age (page 159) “He and Patrick knelt there for an age."