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The Secret Garden: 25 Words to Know Xword—Companion Product to Bookmarks Plus!

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Note: This crossword can be used either before reading (to prepare students for the book) or after reading.

This crossword puzzle is based on challenging words from THE SECRET GARDEN. Every answer is a synonym for a challenging word, such as SINGULAR, FRETFUL, and BOUNTEOUS. The original sentence in which the word appears has been provided, with the challenging word placed in all caps. Words are defined according to the context in which they are used.

Examples of clues:

* “Tell her she has been most BOUNTEOUS and our gratitude is extreme.”
Answer: generous

* So when she was a sickly, FRETFUL, ugly little baby she was kept out of the way… Answer: fussy

* The SINGULAR calmness remained with him the rest of the evening and he slept a new reposeful sleep; but it was not with him very long.
Answer: unusual

Since the answers consist of one word, students will have more success solving the puzzle by using a thesaurus rather than a dictionary.

Note: These 25 words are also listed and defined in the Words to Know section of THE SECRET GARDEN edition of Bookmarks Plus (see feedback below). Bookmarks Plus provide students with main character descriptions, defined words, setting, themes, and more!

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