Description: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings as appropriate for the grade level. Interpret figures of speech (e.g., verbal irony, puns) in context.
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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