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Vocabulary from Literature

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How many times have you been reading aloud to the kids and heard, “What does that word mean?” Or have you ever come across a great word that you know you should stop and teach them, only to find that you can't quite think of the right definition, and you don't really want to stop and look the word up, even though the homeschooler in you tells you to make your kids do just that? If this sounds familiar, we have a helpful idea for you today, shared by one of our brand new SLOCA moms, Michelle Dorman. Michelle and her husband Grant are on Track A with four children here at SLO Classical: Shelby (UMS), William (LMS), Cole (Int) and Lucy (Int).

Those of us who are now reading The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (isn’t it fantastic?) have probably noticed the amazing vocabulary throughout this book. Michelle found vocabulary lists for The Golden Goblet on Quizlet.com, and she printed them to have handy when reading aloud with the kids. Below are links to these lists, and we hope it will encourage great vocabulary learning in your home as you read this engaging novel, while saving you a little time in looking up each word. 

Here are the links to Golden Goblet vocabulary for:

Chapters 1-3

Chapters 4-6

Chapters 7-9

Chapters 10-12

Chapters 13-16

At the top of each list is a web address that will take you to the Quizlet wesbsite, where you can also hear each word pronounced, study each set of words as flash cards, play games with the words, and test yourself. Just copy and paste the link into your browser and check it out! This might be a great idea for doing vocabulary with Middle schoolers – learning vocabulary that goes along with literature is more meaningful than memorizing a random list of words.

Michelle also discovered another website, put together by a teacher, that lists the Egyptian words found throughout The Golden Goblet, with links to their definitions and pictures (the list is located in the right sidebar). Very informative!

We don't want to leave out the UMS students who might want to study vocabulary that goes along with their current literature, so here's one big vocab list for Mara, Daughter of the Nile

(Quizlet is also useful for studying latin vocab — search 'Cambridge Latin' in the search bar).

Thank you Michelle, for these wonderful finds…

SLO Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned websites.

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