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Tugboat at Daybreak by Lillian Morrison Vocabulary

Word Study Guide


Directions: In the chart below, you will collect two types of vocabulary: the authors use of strong word choice AND vocabulary words
that you are unfamiliar with. You need to have 10 words total: 5 for authors use of strong word choice and 5 for vocabulary words
that you are unfamiliar with. You can record more words if you wish.
For the authors use of strong word choice:
1. In the Word column, record the word as well as the sentence it was found in and the line number.
2. In the WC or Vocab column, highlight Word Choice in yellow.
3. In the Explanation column, explain what makes this strong word choice. Is it a strong verb? Is it a striking word or phrase? Is
it specific and accurate? Is it a word that has deeper meaning? How so?
4. In the Examples column, write two additional sentences that capture the word in a new way.
5. In the Visual Image column, provide a visual image to help you remember the word. You could use Google images or clip
art. Ensure that the images are school appropriate.
For the vocabulary words that you are unfamiliar with:
1. In the Word column, record the word as well as the sentence it was found in and the line number.
2. In the WC or Vocab column, highlight Vocabulary Word in yellow.
3. In the Explanation column, provide a student-friendly definition of the word.
4. In the Examples column, write two additional sentences that capture the definition of the word in a new way.
5. In the Visual Image column, provide a visual image to help you remember the word. You could use Google images or clip
art. Ensure that the images are school appropriate.

Word

WC or Vocab

Explanation

Examples

Visual Image

tiara

Word Choice

Found in this sentence on


line 3: but a tug in a tiara

Vocabulary Word

Word
festooned
Found in this
sentence on
line #6:
still festooned
in light

WC or
Vocab
Word
Choice
Vocabulary
Word

A tiara is a crown
full of diamonds
and other jewels
that females wear
on special
occasions.

Explanation

Examples

When you festoon


something, you make
it more beautiful with
decorations.

Ms. Lord festooned


her classroom with
colorful honeycomb
party balls.
We festooned
Gabys goodbye
party with giant
crepe paper balls.

My best friend
wore a sparkling
tiara on top of her
head for her
Quinceanera.
The engagement
ring glistened
more than the
jewels on a
queens tiara.

Visual Image

Word

WC or
Vocab

apparition

Word Choice

Found in this
sentence on line
#10:
a ghost like
apparition

Vocabulary
Word

Word

Explanation
A ghost like
figure

Examples

Visual Image

The Harry Potter series


features the apparition
Nearly Headless Nick.
The dementors are an
example of apparition.

WC or
Vocab

Explanation

Examples

Visual Image

necklace

Word
Choice

Found in this
sentence on
line #1:
The necklace of
the bridge

Vocabulary
Word

Word

WC or
Vocab

dimmed
Found in this
sentence on
line #2:
is already
dimmed for
morning

Word

Word
Choice
Vocabulary
Word

WC or
Vocab

Example of word choice because


necklace actually has a deeper
meaning; in fact, it is a metaphor.

The necklace of the


hammock swung in
the wind.
The necklace of the
garlands were very
colorful.

Explanation
When something is
dimmed, its lightly lit
meaning its not very
bright.

Examples

Visual Image

When I go on my first
date, the lights better
be dim for a romantic
setting.
The set of the horror
movie was dimly lit.

Explanat
ion

Example
s

Visual Image

glide
Found
in this
senten
ce on
line
#4:
glides
slowly
up the
river

Word
Choice
Vocabul
ary
Word

When
you glide
somewhe
re, you
move
slowly,
gracefully
, and
quietly.

When I
glided
down the
zipline,
my
necklace
of smile
reached
from ear
to ear.
The
swan
glided
across
the lake
under
the
necklace
of the
flower
bridge in
Luzern,
Switzerla
nd.

Word
jewel
Found in
this
sentence on
line #:

Word

WC or
Vocab
Word
Choice
Vocabulary
Word

WC or
Vocab

Explanation

Examples

This is an example of word


choice because it is a striking
word or phrase. A jewel is a
fine, precious stone or gem that
can be in jewelry.

Explanation

Visual Image

My birthstone
jewel is a
sapphire.
Ms. Lords
grandmother gave
her her favorite
jewel.

Examples

Visual Image

slumber
Found in
this
sentence
on line #7:
the river
seems to
slumber

Word

Word
Choice
Vocabulary
Word

This is a strong
word choice
because its a
strong verb. The
author is
personifying the
river. When you
slumber, you sleep.

WC or
Vocab

Sleeping Beauty
slumbered until the
prince kissed her.
#relationshopgoals
We are planning to
have a slumber party.

Explanation

Examples

Visual Image

quiet

Word Choice

Found in this
sentence on line
#8:
quiet in its bed

Vocabulary
Word

Word

WC or
Vocab

This is strong word choice


because its accurate and
specific.

Explanation

When Ms. Lords cat


hunt, they wait quietly.
My dog is quiet when she
knows she did something
wrong.

Examples

Visual Image

twinkling
Found in this
sentence on
line #11:
moves
twinkling up
the river

Word
Choice
Vocabulary
Word

This is strong word choice


because its a striking word or
phrase. Twinlking is when
something twinkles.

The stars over the


beach in Olon
twinkled all night
long.
The stars were
twinkling in the
night.