1000 Word Challenge - Week 10

This week practice your listening and reading skills as Dr. Heidi continues reading from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The language in this book is a little more challenging than previous lessons, but the writing is very beautiful.

Watch this week’s video on YouTube below.

Words for Week 10

Here are the 20 words for week 10. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words. This is all good practice and will help your language skills. All these definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary, which is highly recommended for English language learners.

Word Definition
quite to a very noticeable degree or extent : very
surround to be on every side of (someone or something)
pack a bag or bundle of objects that is carried on a person’s or animal’s back
calm used to describe weather that is not windy, stormy, etc.
gate a place in a wall or a fence that has a movable part which can be opened or closed like a door
terror a very strong feeling of fear
ghost the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people
passage a usually short section of a book, poem, speech, etc.
cap a covering for a person’s head that is worn for a special purpose
tale a story about imaginary events : an exciting or dramatic story
adventure an exciting or dangerous experience
nursery old-fashioned : a room where children sleep, play, and are sometimes taught
empty not having any people : not occupied
approach to move or become near or nearer to something or someone
gesture a movement of your body (especially of your hands and arms) that shows or emphasizes an idea or a feeling
punish to treat (someone or something) severely or roughly
bully to frighten, hurt, or threaten (a smaller or weaker person) : to act like a bully toward (someone)
inspire to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)
fear to be afraid of (something or someone)
appeal a serious request for help, support, etc.

Words in context - Jane Eyre

This week, Dr. Heidi reads the second part of the first chapter of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This book was written in 1847, so the writing may be a little different from what you are used to. Were you able to understand parts to the story:

The characters:

  • Jane (the narrator = The person telling the story)
  • Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed (the other children)
  • Bessie (the nurse)
  • Mama (Eliza, John, and Georgiana’s mother)

The setting:

  • Inside the house, in the window seat reading a book

The book Jane is reading:

  • A book about different types of birds, Bewick’s History of British Birds
  • Jane describes some of the scenes described in the book.

Jane’s life in the house:

  • John Reed, an older child in the house, interrupts her reading and makes her approach him.
  • We learn that John frequently “bullies and punishes” Jane
  • Jane has no appeal from the servants, nor John’s mother

The language in this book is worth studying; you can download the reading here:

Thanks to Paul Nation and his colleagues, who have replaced some of the difficult vocabulary with easier words that mean the same thing!!!

Use your words!

When you learn new words, it’s important to use them in order to help remember them. On the Vocab Victor YouTube Channel, you can join a conversation using these words. Type a question in the comments section using one of the vocabulary words, such as, “Why did John think the room was empty?” Then, answer a question someone else has given. Come back to this page later to see if people have answered your question!


Sorry, but our puzzle maker is still broken so we don’t have a worksheet this week. 😿

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