Answer Key: Thanksgiving Circa 1900

Lesson Plan: Thanksgiving Circa 1900: No Pilgrims Or Indians…Just Masks

II. While Reading Tasks: Word Inference

  1. garbed  |gärb| verb – (usu. be garbed) dress in distinctive clothes: she was garbed in gypsy shawls.
  2. rampant |ˈrampənt| adjective-(esp. of something unwelcome or unpleasant) flourishing or spreading unchecked: political violence was rampant |• (of a person or activity) violent or unrestrained in action or performance.
  3. pedestrian |pəˈdestrēən| noun- a person walking along a road or in a developed area.
  4. participate |pärˈtisəˌpāt| verb-take part: thousands participated in a nationwide strike.
  5. distribute |disˈtribyo͞ot| verb-give shares of (something); deal out: information leaflets are being distributed to hotels and guest houses.
  6. getup |ˈgetəp|  noun-informal; outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble.
  7. exaggerate |igˈzajəˌrāt|-verb-represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is: they were apt to exaggerate any aches and pains.
  8. refined |riˈfīnd| adjective-elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste: Their  voices were very low and refined.
  9. tradition |trəˈdiSHən| noun-the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.• a long-established custom or belief that has been passed on in this way: Japan’s unique cultural traditions.
  10. parody |ˈparədē| noun (pl. parodies) an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect: the movie is a parody of the horror genre.

Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition

Some masqueraders rode horses; others straddled bicycles. Everyone “was generous with pennies and nickels, and the candy stores did a land-office business.

So many youngsters in New York City dressed as poor people, Thanksgiving Day took on a nickname: Ragamuffin Day. Parades of ragamuffins — sometimes called ‘fantastics’ because of the costumes — can be dated at least to 1891.

The ragamuffins would then ask neighbors and adults on the street, ‘Anything for Thanksgiving?’