Vocabulary/Spelling Expeditionary Learning

1. primary source - an original work such as a photograph, drawing, letter, diary, or document that was recorded at the time of the event

2. secondary source - a work created by someone after the fact. Some examples are textbooks, journal articles, and encyclopedias.

3. Colonial America - a period of time from 1607-1776 when the American Colonies were being established 

4. culture - behaviors and beliefs of a particular group

5. custom - a tradition in a culture or society

6. gist - the main idea; what something is about

7. inference- an educated guess based on new information and what you already know

8. linen - a fabric/material made from the flax plant

9. card - to comb (wool)

10. weave - to interlace to form fabric/material

11. excerpt - a passage or quote taken from a book, document, film, diary ...

12. record - to set down in writing for the purposes of preserving evidence

13. synthesize - to combine information from several sources to make a general statement about what was learned

14. meetinghouse - colonial church

15. churn - to make/turn into (butter)

16. trencher - a large plate for serving; a platter

17. barn raising - a gathering/party for the purposes of helping a neighbor build a barn

18. harvest - (noun) crop; (verb) to gather a crop

19. plantation - a large farm

20. trade - a skilled job or craft, especially one that requires working with the hands

21. skilled craftsperson - a person who practices a highly skilled trade/craft

22. cooper - a barrel maker

23. wheelwright - a person whose trade is to make or repair wheels

24. tanner - a person whose trade is to tan hides (turn animal hides into leather)

25. cobbler - shoemaker

26. interdependence - to rely on each other

27. planer - a simple machine used to smooth and level wood


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