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Walk Two Moons Vocabulary

Instructor: Debra Patuto

Debra has taught at elementary levels and has an M.ed with certification in elementary education and special education

'Walk Two Moons' by Sharon Creech, is narrated by a thirteen year old girl named Sal. She is an amazing story teller, in part due to her use of powerful words. Let's take a look at some of the vocabulary within this story.

Chapters 1-11

peculiar: (adjective) strange, odd, unusual

I didn't know it then, but that face belonged to Phoebe Winterbottom, a girl who had a powerful imagination, who would become my friend, and who would have many peculiar things happen to her.

ornery: (adjective) ugly and unpleasant temper, stubborn

Sometimes I am as ornery and stubborn like an old donkey.

lunatic: (noun) an insane person; someone whose actions are reckless

And that is how I happened to suspend my tree prayers and tell them about Phoebe Winterbottom, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

intriguing: (verb) fascinating, capturing one's curiosity

Mary Lou thought the messages (this one and the other one) were intriguing.

Chapters 12-22

anonymous: (adjective) without any name acknowledged

Phoebe imagined that every noise was the lunatic sneaking in or the message-leaver creeping up to drip off another anonymous note.

cantankerous: (adjective) disagreeable to be with

I guess this cantankerous woman is getting out of here,' Gramps said.

cavorted: (verb) to prance or caper about; to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner

The next day at school, I studied Mr. Birkway as he leaped and cavorted about the classroom.

colossal: (adjective) extraordinarily great in size, huge, gigantic

Besides, I was too busy throwing the most colossal temper tantrums.

pitiful: (adjective) evoking or deserving pity or sorrow that has been brought on by another

He put his arm around me and we sat there together on the porch, two people being completely pitiful and lost.

Chapters 23-33

geyser: (noun) a hot spring that intermittently sends up fountain like jets of water and steam into the air

We'll just watch that old geyser blow and then we'll hit the road.

ghastly: (adjective) shockingly frightful, horrible

Two chair were covered in similar ghastly designs.

gorges: (noun) a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs

ravines: (noun) a narrow steep-sided valley commonly eroded by running water

You can stand right on the edge of the gorges and see down, down into the most treacherous ravines, lined with sharp, rough outcroppings.

plummeted: (verb) to plunge; to descend suddenly

I picked up a flat stone and sailed it across the gorge where it hit the far wall and plummeted down, down, careening off the jagged outcroppings.

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