Description: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 4A


4A: Interpreting Word Meaning

4A: Interpreting Word Meaning

Description: Interpreting Word Meaning

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Selection: H-19


Grade level: 8
Word count: 1703 words
Author: Claire O'Connell
Synopsis: People from many cultures adorn their bodies for different reasons.
Excerpt: Tattooing and body piercing spread among the upper classes in Europe in the 19th century, most widely in Great Britain. There was a rumor that even Queen Victoria had a small tattoo. Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, discovered that his mother had a tattoo of a snake around her wrist. She covered her tattoo with a diamond bracelet when she was in "polite" company.

Question: In this excerpt, what does the author mean by the phrase "polite company"?
  1. the well-bred class
  2. the knighted class
  3. the religious class
  4. the merchant class

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Writing prompt: Describe three or more words that you learned recently by reading Non-fiction texts about a certain topic. Explain why knowing these words has helped you better understand the topic.


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