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These are 20 words from Chapters 1 & 2 of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The words are as follows:
apprehensive / fearful or uneasy
bastard / a child born out of wedlock
bindle / bedroll carried by a homeless person
brusquely / abruptly and bluntly
cesspool / a filthy or disgusting or corrupt place
contemplate / to consider carefully and at length
dejectedly / in a depressed way
disengage / to loosen or unstick something
embraced / hugged
gingerly / in a careful or cautious way
gravity / seriousness
lumbered / walked or moved with heavy clumsiness
mollified / calmed in temper; appeased
morosely / gloomily; unhappily
periscope / the object on a submarine that allows its people to see the surface
plaintively / pitifully or mournfully
pugnacious / combative by nature
recumbent / lying down (esp. for comfort or rest); reclining
slough / (rhymes with tough) get rid of
stake / a financial share (part) in an enterprise
I have at least four products available for this literature that rely on the same combination of words and definitions:
1) A word search using just the words themselves as clues. Note that the definitions won’t be found anywhere on this product, itself.
2) A crossword puzzle with definitions as clues + a word bank.
3) A second (and different) word search using the words' definitions as clues from which students can locate the corresponding words.
4) A second (and different) crossword puzzle with definitions, but no word bank.
Check the product title and thumbnails to make sure you're purchasing the one you want, but please consider the following: Perhaps the best way to inculcate the words is with all four! Start with #1, the regular word search, and, over some days, move through them consecutively until, perhaps, you use #4, the crossword with no word bank, as a summative assessment measuring both spelling and association? Repetition and varied representations over time can be important to language acquisition. Enjoy! Email me firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or suggestions.