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James Forten Key Vocabulary Houghton Mifflin Reading Theme 3 – Voices of the Revolution © Brent Coley 2009 | www.mrcoley.com
See if you can correctly define the following vocabulary words.
If necessary, use the context clues from the sample sentences to help you.
abolitionists Sample Sentence: Abolitionists believed owning slaves was wrong.
abolitionists Definition: n. People who believed that slavery should be against the law
apprentice Sample Sentence: After four years, the blacksmith’s apprentice was ready to work for himself.
apprentice Definition: n. Someone who works for another person in order to learn a trade
assist Sample Sentence: I would be happy to assist you if you have trouble with your homework.
assist Definition: v. To help
captives Sample Sentence: The soldiers brought the captives back to the fort and guarded them closely.
captives Definition: n. Prisoners
conflict Sample Sentence: The conflict lasted several years and cost the lives of thousands of men.
conflict Definition: n. A struggle; a war
dread Sample Sentence: The roars of the approaching lions filled the villagers with dread.
dread Definition: n. Great fear
encourage Sample Sentence: Bill’s parents encouraged him to follow his dream to become a writer.
encourage Definition: v. To give support to; to inspire
enslavement Sample Sentence: After years of enslavement, the men were set free.
enslavement Definition: n. The state of being owned and controlled by another person
influential Sample Sentence: The man’s influential friends helped him rise in politics.
influential Definition: adj. Having the power to affect events or change opinions
privateers Sample Sentence: The privateers either sank or captured several ships during the war.
privateers Definition: n. Privately owned ships that are ordered by the government to attack enemy ships during a war
tacking Sample Sentence: The captain kept tacking, trying to capture more wind in the sails.
tacking Definition: v. Changing directions while sailing
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