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Advanced reading power: extensive reading, vocabulary by Beatrice S. Mikulecky

By Beatrice S. Mikulecky

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114) 2 3 caribou: reindeer den: the home of some types of animals, for example, wolves ridge: a long area of high land 44 Vocabulary Building 1. What part of speech is it? noun 2. What phrase is used with it? general air of contented lassitude 3. What words in the paragraph give clues to the meaning? (synonyms, antonyms, or other) seemed to overcome, at her ease, rested, occasional changes of position, lazy B. Now infer an approximate meaning of the word and write it here. laziness C. Now look up lassitude in the dictionary and write the definition that best fits its use in the passage.

Source: Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf, Boston: Bantam Books, 1963, p. 114) 2 3 caribou: reindeer den: the home of some types of animals, for example, wolves ridge: a long area of high land 44 Vocabulary Building 1. What part of speech is it? noun 2. What phrase is used with it? general air of contented lassitude 3. What words in the paragraph give clues to the meaning? (synonyms, antonyms, or other) seemed to overcome, at her ease, rested, occasional changes of position, lazy B. Now infer an approximate meaning of the word and write it here.

Inferring Meaning from Context 37 Two forlorn trees stood out, black and naked against the snow-covered fields. Inferred meaning: B. Compare your answers with those of another student. Then look up tamper and forlorn in the dictionary. Compare the dictionary definitions with your inferred meanings and write the dictionary definitions below: tamper: forlorn: A. Follow the guidelines to infer the general meaning of the underlined word in each set of three sentences below. Then write the inferred meaning (in English or another language).

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