"Looking back" by Lois Lowry November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"But we all look like the same baby, with our faces folded up and our hands making a little church steeple because we haven't yet figured out how to wave or grab or poke or point." (p. 15)

Based upon the context clues, the word "steeple" means spire on top of a tower or roof of a church.

"There were going to be a lot of pitfalls ahead, for her." (p. 19)

Based upon the context clues, the word "pitfalls" means any trap or hidden danger.

"But I know, too, that her serious, suspicious gaze was momentary. Most of the timethe little girl was laughing." (p. 19)

Based upon the context clues, the word "momentary"means lasting only a moment.

"You can tell by the look on my face that have something exuberant planned." (p. 29)

Based upon the context clues, the word "exuberant" means very abundant; overflowing lavish.

"Perspective wouldn't matter; it would be distorted and askew, as it was through my own eyes when I was six, and Grandfather's house would loom huge, out of proportion, awesome and austere, with the clipped lawn as smooth and green as patchwork pockets on a velvet skirt." (p. 39)

Based upon the context clues, the word "austere" means severly simple.

"I had never lived in a house so large, with unexpected stairways (there was one used only by the maids, with a door at the top and the bottom; with both doors closed, it was impenetrably dark: the scariest place I had ever been) and an attic, with a ladder thst led to the rooftop perch." (pg. 42)

Based upon the context clues, the word "impenetrably" means that can't be penetrated, pierced, or passed.

"In nursery school, to which she went without an entourage of smaller siblings, she could be whatever she wanted." (pg. 51)

Based upon the context clues, the word "entourage" means group of attendents; people usaully accompanying a person.

"My two-year-old granddaughter, finger in her mouth, is mesmerized by a book called The Maestro Plays."

Based upon the context clues, the word "Maestro" means a great composer, teacher, or conducter of music.

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Created with images by Just a Prairie Boy - "Steeple" • USDAgov - "20130817-FS-UNK-0038" • havankevin - "fast creek" • martie1swart - "Flowers" • kevin dooley - "Simple" • MichaelGaida - "palm trees jungle nature" • friskytuna - "entourage" • Keith Williamson - "Maestro Grau Poject 365(4) Day 50"

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