"Who was Rachel Carson?" By Sarah Fabiny November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"Rachel's mother was an avid bird-watcher. She also believed it was important for young people to study nature." (p.9)

Based upon the context clues, the word "avid" means having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something.

"Each month a magazine called St. Nicholas came in the mail for Rachel. It was a publication for children that was filled with stories and poems from writers such as Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott and illustrations by artists such as Norman Rockwell." (p.13)

Based upon the context clues, the word "publication" means a book, journal, etc. issued for public sale.

"Fortunately, the dean at the college wanted Rachel to come study there, so the school gave her a scholarship." (p.26)

Based upon the context clues, the word "dean" means the head of a college or university faculty or department.

"Fortunately, the dean at the college wanted Rachel to come and study there, so the school gave her a scholarship. They also helped Rachel get a loan that covered the rest of her tuition, as well as room and board and all of Rachel's books."

Based upon the context clues, the word "scholarship" means a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.

"..., the cost of the first year of college would be a thousand dollars, and the Carsons did not have that much money to spend on Rachel's education. They also helped Rachel get a loan that covered the rest of her tuition, as well as room and board and all of Rachel's books."

Based upon the context clues, the word "tuition" means a sum of money charged for teaching or instruction by a school, college, or university.

"Because she wanted to be a writer, Rachel decided to study English literature and composition at college."

Based upon the context clues, the word "composition" means a work of music, literature, or art.

"For the first time she got to experience the power and beauty of the ocean that she had only ever read about." (pg. 39)

Based upon the context clues, the word "power" means the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.

"There were a few women in Rachel's graduate program at Johns Hopkins University. And it wasn't always easy to keep up with her work." (pg. 41)

Based upon the context clues the word "program" means a planned series of future events, items, or performances.

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