Upper Grade Reading Group

Have a good spring break! I hope you all get to sharpen your saw and we all come back ready for a great end of the school year.

Our current novel:
Our current novel is Call of the Wild by Jack London. This book is about a dog named Buck. After he is stolen from his family, Buck must learn to survive around men and other dogs in a harsh environment. Set against the back drop of the Alaskan gold rush, we will be discussing the history of the time period and elements of a story such as point of view and characterization.
Greek and Latin Roots:
In this class, we study Greek and Latin roots with some of their derivations for the spelling portion of our class.

Greek and Latin Roots 4/24-4/28

  1. Jungo, jugere, junxi, junctum (L)- to join
    1. Adjunct- an added part that is not essential
      1. Tonsils are an adjunct part of the body.
    2. Conjugate- to give form to verbs
      1. He conjugated verbs in his Spanish class.
    3. Subjugate- to conquer
      1. The army subjugated the country.
  1. Stingo, stringere, strinxi, strictum (L)- to tie together
    1. astringent- harsh, severe
      1. He spoke astringent words to his sister.
    2. Strait- a narrow passage of water
      1. He crossed the Bering Strait.
    3. Stingent- severe
      1. The teacher had stringent consequences.
  1. Ab (L)- away from
    1. Abrasive- harsh; rough
      1. He spoke to his sister abrasively.
    2. Abound- to exist in great amount
      1. The smell of churros abounded at Disneyland.
    3. Abscond- to leave quickly and secretly
      1. The thief absconded with the diamond.
    4. Abhor- to detest thoroughly
      1. I abhor the wrong use of “literally”.
    5. Abstemious- sparingly; moderate
      1. On his diet, he ate abstemiously.
  1. Cerno, cernere, crevi, cretum (L)- to separate
    1. Discreet- showing respect in speech
      1. He spoke discreetly about his king.
    2. Ascertain- to find out something
      1. He used Google to ascertain what day it was.
    3. Discern- to tell apart
      1. The boy was able to discern between right and wrong.
    4. Discrete- in secret; hidden
      1. He was discrete about the thievery.
  1. Frango, frangere, fregi, fractum (L)- to break
    1. Infraction- violation of rules
      1. The driver had an infraction of the speed limit.
    2. Infringe- to actively break a rule
      1. The boy infringed the rule about talking.
    3. Suffrage- the right to vote
      1. Mrs. Banks wanted England to give women suffrage.
    4. Fragile- easily broken
      1. The glass vase was very fragile.