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VOCABULARY TRIANGLES

EXAMPLE:

MAIN IDEA

MAIN IDEA’S DEFINITION

VOCAB WORD VOCAB WORD

DEFINITION DEFINITION
After you are numbered off:
#1s read the first 9 paragraphs of the speech below.
#2s read the last 9 paragraphs of the speech below.

On Roy Benavidez from Why Courage Matters - John McCain (with Mark Salter)
http://www.randomhouse.com/highschool/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400060306&view=excerpt

Once you have completed the reading, please scroll down to the third page to begin working with
your vocabulary triangles. Choose 8 vocabulary words from the list below (OR if you’d like to include
a challenging word from the text not listed below) and place your words in the VOCAB WORDS
placers in each of the triangles. Next define your vocabulary words using context clues from the text,
filling in the DEFINITION placers in the triangles. When you have completely filled out each text box
space of your triangles, find a partner and exchange triangles. Now you must match your partners
WORDS to their DEFINITIONS to check if their definitions are accurate or could be improved. If you
think your partners definitions could be improved politely suggest your improvement using textual
evidence to back up your suggestion.

Vocabulary:

Futility Indomitable

Solidarity Grandeur

Vanquished Emulate

Contend Malevolent

Acutely Anomaly

Sublime Redeeming

Insensate Straitened

Fatalism Humility

Heroism Crucible

Contemptible Valor

Erected Imitation

Distinguished Shrapnel

Immobile Embitter
INDIVIDUAL/ GROUP PRACTICE:

COURAGE

MAIN IDEA’S DEFINITION

VOCAB WORD VOCAB WORD

DEFINITION DEFINITION