Description: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 4A


4A: Interpreting Word Meaning

4A: Interpreting Word Meaning

Description: Interpreting Word Meaning

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Selection: G-41


Grade level: 7
Word count: 1728 words
Author: Heidi McLean
Synopsis: Throughout history, hair has sometimes been a sign of a person's culture, status, or religion.
Excerpt: On the other hand, some religions call for the cropping or even shaving of hair. In earlier centuries members of men's and women's religious orders, such as those for monks and nuns, cut or shaved their hair to symbolize their detachment from worldly possessions and lack of vanity.

Question: In this excerpt, what is the meaning of the word "cropping"?
  1. cutting closely
  2. growing successfully
  3. gathering neatly
  4. binding tightly

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Writing prompt: Choose a selection that included some unfamiliar vocabulary. Replace the unfamiliar words with synonyms that are easier to understand yet still convey the same meaning.


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