This Tom Sawyer Vocabulary
product focuses on the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension. The bottom line: if a student does not know the meanings of a sufficient proportion of words or phrases then comprehension is impossible. And what's a body to do when there is not a context clue in sight? Imagine stumbling upon the "white alley", "Old Scratch", or the dreaded "bully taw" in the early chapters of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and being so discouraged as to abandon the entire book? With this product, students unlock those challenging doors of obsolete words, expressions, and colloquialisms, while still leaving enough room for vocabulary instruction from the teacher. I have only included those terms that are not likely part of a vocabulary study but which are important to understanding the main ideas of the novel. These terms are briefly defined and presented in the same tense as they appear in the story. You will have your choice of two formats for printing: standard-sized sheets from a Word Document or task card size, which are color-coded by chapter on a PDF file. These translations are exceedingly helpful for independent reading, SSR, summer reading lists, or any independent reading activity in or out of the classroom. To be clear, this product provides the definitions; the student will not need to look up these terms and phrases. Do not allow your students to shy away from the classics, but give them the tool necessary to understand and appreciate this great work of literature!
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