Name _______________________ Language Arts Date ______________ Period _____________ VOCABULARY WORDS Week 19: Do You Talk the Walk?--Part II 1. straggler (noun) Definition – person who is falling behind the group Synonym: dawdler, slowpoke Antonym: leader Compare Context Clue Sample Sentence – At the aquarium, one of the students was a straggler while at the shark tank just like the times when I dawdle by the make-up counter instead of staying with my mom as she walks further into the store. Your own context clue sentence: 2. meander – (verb) Definition – to wander aimlessly; to move along at a winding or indirect course Synonym: wander, zigzag, roam, amble Antonym: go direct, stay on path Contrast Context Clue Sample Sentence –Unlike Sally who goes directly to her own locker and then to class, Sandy will meander through the hallways stopping at several friend’s lockers, then her own and will then be late to class. Your own context clue sentence: 3. endurance (noun) GREEK & LATIN ROOT: DUR = harden, hold out, last, strengthen Definition: The power to withstand or hold up to stress or hardship Synonym: strength, persistence, perseverance Antonym: weakness Compare Sentence: Mr. Mulligan has running endurance because he does it every day; similarly you need strength and the ability to withstand stress to climb the Swiss Alps. Your own context clue sentence: 4. procrastinate (verb) Definition – to delay starting something, to put off doing something until the last second Synonym: postpone, delay Antonyms: accelerate, advance, complete, do, finish, go ahead, quicken Contrast Context Clue Sample Sentence – My brother always procrastinates when he has a big project, literally waiting until the night before it is due to begin, unlike me who begins the project pretty much the day it is assigned, so I know it will be completed well and on time. Your own context clue sentence: 5. persevere – verb Definition: continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success. Synonym: pursue, persist Antonym: discontinue, give up Contrast Context Clue Sample Sentence - Despite many obstacles throughout his life that may have prevented success, Michael Oher persevered and got a scholarship to college, unlike many other children who grow up in poverty and are surrounded by drugs and violence.