"The People Could Fly," Vocabulary from the folk tale

As you read Virginia Hamilton's retelling of the African folk tale "The People Could Fly," learn this word list. Here are links to lists for texts in Grade 7's Collection 2: The People Could Fly, The Song of Wandering Aengus and Sonnet 43, Magic and the Brain, Another Place, Another Time, Sorry, Wrong Number

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  1. capture
    seize as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  2. misery
    a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
  3. tremble
    move quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
  4. scorn
    look down on with disdain
  5. overseer
    a person who directs and manages an organization
  6. soothe
    cause to feel better
  7. croon
    sing softly
  8. holler
    call out loudly
  9. pity
    share the suffering of
  10. snarl
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
  11. snag
    catch or cause to catch on a sharp protuberance
  12. seize
    take hold of; grab
  13. ancient
    very old
  14. shuffle
    walk by dragging one's feet
  15. plantation
    an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale
Created on July 2, 2014 (updated July 4, 2014)

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