"The Boys and The Boat" By Daniel James Brown November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"To square up, a rower has to rotate his oar so the the blade is perpendicular to the surface just before he inserts it into the water on the catch, the beginning of each stroke." (p.68)

Based upon the context clues, the word "perpendicular" means an angle 90 degrees to a given line, plane, or surface.

"Bolles yanked Joe out of the first boat one afternoon, and the boat slowed down. Perplexed, he put Joe back in, and Joe and the crew beat the second boat by a decisive margin. Bolles was flummoxed." (p.68)

Based upon the context clues, the word "flummoxed" means bewildered or perplexed.

"Normally, only the coxswain shouts commands, and this breach of an unstated rowing rule irritated the older boys, particularly Bobby Moch, the savvy little coxswain of the best JV boat." (p. 95)

Based on the context clues the word "coxswain" means the steersman of a ship or boat.

"There was also a big, muscular, quiet boy named Gordy Adam he was an oarsman in the number five seat, and a kid named Johnny White in number two." (p.98)

Based on the context clues, the word "oarsmen"means a rower usually a member of a racing team.

"The starting gun popped, and for five full side-strokes, all seven boats stayed even."(p.150)

Based on the context clues, the word "side-strokes" is a stroke executed on the side.

"The boy who "got the crab" might be smacked in the chest with the handle and knocked out of his seat." (p.35)

Based on the context clues, the word "crab" means a mistake from the rower.

"They dug past the junior varsity and into the overall lead." (p.70)

Based on the context clues, the word "dug" means to go deep into something.

"By the mile-and-a-half mark, the freshman were trim and had opened a sliver of water between the rear of their boat and the varsity's bow." (p.70)

Based on the context clues the word "trim" means well together and in order.

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