Vocabulary Lesson 17

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ArchaeologistsArchaeologists are scientists who study items left behind by cultures of the past.

What do you think archaeologists learn by studying ancient cultures and peoples?


ReplicasReplicas, or copies, have been made of ancient Chinese pottery and statues.

Brainstorm a list of examples of replicas you might find in a store.


LustrousChinese royalty wore lustrous silk robes. The material seemed to shine or gleam.

Which of the following items below are lustrous and which are not. Why?

shoe, hair, cookie, napkin, towel, eraser, jewel, magazine


ElaborateSomething elaborate is planned or made with careful attention or much detail.

Suppose you were going to made an elaborate sandwich.
What ingredients would you add to make it elaborate?


ExcavateTo excavate something is to dig it up from underground.

What word(s) do you think has the opposite meaning of excavate? Explain why this word is an opposite?


DistinctTwo things that are distinct if they are clearly different and/or can be easily told apart.

Think of an example for one of the following....
A distinct: smell, sight, sound, taste, texture.


DignifiedTo be dignified is to be worthy of honor or respect.
Which of the following occasions would be the most dignified? Least dignified?

Wrestling match, volleyball game, debate, military parade, pillow fight, treaty-signing, jury trial.


MythicalSomething mythical is imaginary and is often part of a myth, or ancient story.

How is a mythical creature different from a real one? (For example a dragon and a crocodile).


TemperamentsTemperaments are people's personalities as shown in the way they feel or act.

Think about a character in a book you have been reading. How would you describe their temperament? What behaviors do they display to make you think that?


PrecedeTo precede is to come before in order or time.

Choose an event. (supper, autumn, bedtime).

What events or activities might precede that event?
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