Description: Craft and Structure Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 4A


4A: Interpreting Word Meaning

4A: Interpreting Word Meaning

Description: Interpreting Word Meaning

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Selection: HiD-8


Grade level: 4
Word count: 1565 words
Author: Jack London
Synopsis: A proud young man finds out it takes more than just muscle to stay alive in the frozen north.
Excerpt: Still, Tom was alive with joy. He was doing something, achieving something, mastering the elements. Strong as the elements were, he was stronger.

Question: Read this excerpt from the selection. What does the phrase "mastering the elements" mean?
  1. He believed he was stronger than nature.
  2. He thought he owned that area of land.
  3. He knew the long hike would not make him tired.
  4. He was sure it would get warmer soon.

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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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