To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 3 – Vocabulary

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Focus words will be studied in class – non focus words and definitions can
be studied on your own if you want.

Focus words and definitions:

1. "...a ramshackle porch ran the width of the house...(p. ___)."

ramshackle (adj.): loose or rickety; about to fall apart

"An old Franklin stove sat in a corner of the porch; above it a hat-rack mirror
caught the moon and shone eerily (p. ___)."

2. eerily (adv.): weirdly; mysteriously

Franklin stove (n.): a cast iron heating stove, invented by Benjamin Franklin. See a
picture of a Franklin stove.

3. "He put his arms over his head and went rigid (p. ___)."

rigid (adj.): stiff

4. "Respiration normal, the three of us strolled as casually as we could to the front
yard (p. ___)."

respiration (n.): breathing

5. "Atticus saved Dill from immediate dismemberment (p. ___)."

dismemberment (n.): To dismember someone is to tear or cut that person's limbs
(arms and legs) off. Although it is unlikely that anyone would have actually pulled
off Dill's arms and legs, Lee uses the word to point out how outraged Miss Rachel
must have been to discover that the children had been playing strip poker.

6. "...the chinaberry trees were malignant, hovering, alive (p. ___)."

malignant (adj.): dangerous; evil. (Can also mean harmful or likely to cause death, as
in malignant cancer.)
7. "In the waning moonlight I saw Jem swing his feet to the floor (p. ___)."

waning (adj.): becoming less bright, intense, or strong. The moonlight is waning
because it's getting closer to morning, and the moon is changing its position in the

Non focus words:

"At first we saw nothing but a kudzu-covered front porch...(P.___)"

"...the ensuing contest to determine relative distances and respective prowess only
made me feel left out again...(p___)."

" 'Don't get in a row of collards whatever you do, they'll wake the dead (p___).' "

"The moon was setting and the lattice-work shadows were fading into fuzzy
nothingness (p.___)."

Non focus definitions in alphabetical order:

collards (n.): a type of cabbage with very coarse leaves. It would be difficult to
walk quietly through a patch of collards.

ensuing (adj.): Something that ensues is something that comes immediately after
something else.

kudzu (n.): a quick-growing vine with large leaves, often found in the Southern
United States.

lattice-work (adj.): A lattice is an openwork structure of crossed strips or bars, as
in a screen. Light that passes through any kind of a lattice -work would produce
lattice-work shadows.

prowess (n.): superior ability or skill

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