I adore this story, but find that some children have difficulty accessing it because the language is somewhat dated and unfamiliar to them (ex: Boloney! or tightwad). I have compiled a list of 11 words I find essential to truly grasping this classic, and dubbed them my "Essential Vocab." Students complete a chart inferring what they think the term means, what it actually means, and why it's so important. I find this helps students better comprehend, without weighing them down with "too much vocabulary." (Is there such a thing? My students sure seem to think so). Answer key included. Enjoy, and please check out my other Mixed-Up Files products, as well as the rest of my ELA and literature materials.