Dar and the Spear Thrower
By Marjorie Cowley
In Humanities this week you will finish reading Dar and the Spear-Thrower. Your
assessment for this unit will include both material and vocabulary from Dar and the
Spear-Thrower as well as Chapter 2 of History Alive (Early Man). A study guide will
be posted by your Humanities teachers on Tuesday so that you can prepare yourselves
for the test planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 9 and 10th.
Please review the following vocabulary. You will need to know each
word for the test.
Acrid: Sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes,
" Sparks flew from the fire rocks, and the air was filled with the familiar acrid smell."
Shaman: A member of certain tribal societies who acts as a medium (go-between)
between the visible world and spirit world and who practices magic for purposes of
healing, divination, and control over natural events.
"Jenu was blind in one eye and had a tremor in his right hand. He could neither hunt
nor make tools, but the clan gave the shaman all he needed in gratitude for his
spiritual leadership." (Pg. 17)
Prod: To jab or poke, as with a pointed object.
"The walk continued until Mora stopped again and prodded the ground with her
digging stick." (Pg. 11)
Clammy: 1. Disagreeably moist, sticky, and cold to the touch: a clammy
handshake. 2. Damp and unpleasant: clammy weather.
"Seeing his strained face, Dar pressed Bowan's shoulder with his hand, then walked
past him and ducked into the low cave entrance. Bowan followed close behind him.
They were plunged into another world. The narrow entry was cold and clammy."
Forage: The act of looking or searching for food or provisions.
"On the third day, he looked into the pack and knew he was eating Mora's food too
quickly. He must save some for emergencies and begin to forage for himself." (Pg.
Rouse: To come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy,
"He slept, rousing himself only to refuel the fire. Tonight, the fire would keep him not
only safe, but alive." ( Pg. 61)
Trespasser: Someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without
"He stopped at a stand of oak trees and saw two crossed lines that had been carved
into a tree trunk, the same mark that Toreg had on his cheek. He had found the way!
But now he was a trespasser in the territory of the stranger's clan." (Pg. 62)
Dismay: 1.To destroy the courage or resolution of by exciting dread or
apprehension. 2. To cause to lose enthusiasm; disillusion 3. To upset or alarm
"Dar took a deep breath, drew back his arm, and threw as hard as he could. The spear
left his hand- so did the spear thrower. Both fell to the ground a short distance away.
Dar almost cried out in dismay." (Pg. 74)
Definitions: Answers.com & Dictionary.com