Answer Key: Words

Lesson Plan:  The Power Of Words

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. conceptual  |kənˈsep(t)SH(o͞o)əl| adjective relating to or based on mental concepts: philosophy deals with conceptual difficulties.
  2. denote verb [with object] be a sign of; indicate: this mark denotes purity and quality. stand as a name or symbol for: the level of output per firm, denoted by X.
  3. connote |kəˈnōt| verb [with object] (of a word) imply or suggest (an idea or feeling) in addition to the literal or primary meaning: the term “modern science” usually connotes a complete openness to empirical testing.
  4. resistance |rəˈzistəns| noun the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument: she put up no resistance to being led away.
  5. hard-pressed |ˈhärd ˈˌprest| adjective-• (also hard pressed) in difficulties: creating jobs in the hard-pressed construction industry | [with infinitive] : many families will be hard pressed to support their elderly relations.
  6. Holocaust |ˈhäləˌkôstˈhōləˌkôst| noun (the Holocaust) the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime during the period 1941–45.
  7. intrinsically |inˈtrinzək(ə)lēinˈtrinsək(ə)lē| adverb- in an essential or natural way: murder is intrinsically evil | I think music and spirituality are intrinsically linked.
  8. confound |kənˈfound| verb cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by acting against their expectations: the inflation figure confounded economic analysts.
  9. nourish  |ˈnəriSH| verb-keep (a feeling or belief) in one’s mind, typically for a long time: he has long nourished an ambition to bring the show to Broadway.
  10. inestimable |inˈestəməb(ə)l| adjective too great to calculate: a treasure of inestimable value.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


They can touch our sensibilities.


There are expressions of power in words.


Words are sacred.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

When I was first able to make my way in language, my Native American father, a member of the Kiowa tribe, told me stories from the Kiowa oral tradition. They transported me. They fascinated and thrilled me. They nourished my imagination.