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NOTE: This puzzle is meant to be used before students read the book. Since most answers consist of only one word, students will benefit more from the use of a thesaurus than a dictionary.
This crossword contains 50 challenging words from THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Either as a homework assignment or by allowing students to work in pairs with a thesaurus in class, it's a great way to prepare students for reading the book and understanding the story. Note that the parts of speech as the words are used in the book are included to aid students in finding the exact definition. Examples of clues:
* Rapscallions (n.) ANSWER: rascals
* Tolerable (adj.) ANSWER: average
* Mire (n.) ANSWER: mud
* Impudent (adj.) ANSWER: naughty
* Acquit: To find not ___ (v.) ANSWER: guilty
* Reticule (n.) ANSWER: handbag
* Cipher (v.) ANSWER: figure
FYI: This puzzle includes the 25 Words to Know from the companion product THE ADVENTURE OF HUCK FINN edition of BOOKMARKS PLUS. Students can refer to their bookmarks for definitions as they read the story as well as to a list of main characters, author information, and more. Students and teachers alike love these handy, 4-star-rated reading aids!
Also, to reinforce meaning even more, I have created a synonym/antonym crossword over the same 25 words. See list below.
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