Unit 3: Selection Vocabulary 2

This list covers Red Scarf Girl, I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
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  1. educable
    ready, willing, or able to be taught
    They were going to expose my family in front of my teachers and classmates. I would have no pride left. I would never be an educable child again.
  2. reform
    a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
    “Jiang Ji-li has always done well at school. In addition to doing very well in her studies, she participates in educational reform,” Teacher Zhang added.
  3. testify
    give a solemn statement in a court of law
    “We want you to testify against your father at the struggle meeting.”
  4. condemn
    express strong disapproval of
    I saw myself standing in the middle of the stage, facing thousands of people, condemning Dad for his crimes, raising my fist to lead the chant, “Down with Jiang Xi-reng.”
  5. conviction
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
    My voice grew stronger with conviction.
  6. patriotism
    love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
    After Pearl Harbor the Nisei went to great lengths to demonstrate their patriotism.
  7. demonstration
    a public display of group feelings
    They flooded the streets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle in mass demonstrations of loyalty.
  8. internment
    confinement during wartime
    At first, the demonstrations of loyalty brought pledges of support from government officials, and Japanese internment seemed unlikely.
  9. condemnation
    a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case
    “At no time will the government engage in wholesale condemnation of any alien group.”
  10. sabotage
    a deliberate act of destruction or disruption
    He ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to arrest approximately 16,000 enemy aliens suspected of espionage or sabotage, but within weeks he released two-thirds of them.
  11. audible
    heard or perceptible by the ear
    “What did Mr. Jamison want?” she asked, her voice barely audible.
  12. imprison
    confine as if in a prison
    I released the firefly imprisoned in my hand and sat beside Papa and Stacey on the steps.
  13. mortgage
    a conveyance of property as security for repaying a loan
    “Baby, there’s bills to pay and ain’t no money coming in. Your mama’s got no job come fall and there’s the mortgage and next year’s taxes to think of.”
  14. venture
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    From the edge of the lawn where Little Man and Christopher-John had ventured after lightning bugs, Little Man called, “Somebody’s coming!”
  15. overshadow
    be or appear greater in importance or achievement than
    Them other trees all around...that oak and walnut, they’re a lot bigger and they take up more room and give so much shade they almost overshadow that little ole fig.
Created on April 22, 2021 (updated June 18, 2021)

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