Victor Gr. 7 - Vocabulary - Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream Speech
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legislation - a law or set of laws made by a government.
The President presented his new legislation (set of laws) to Congress.
lectern - a stand that holds a book, notes, etc. for someone who is speaking, reading, or teaching.
The speaker stood at the lectern (a stand) and delivered his speech.
magisterial - showing impressive knowledge about a subject; being an expert on a subject.
The teacher was magisterial (expert) in his knowledge about Martin Luther King, Jr.
vistas - large beautiful views of an area of land or water.
Mom and Dad stood to admire the beautiful vistas (views) of the ocean.
riff - a short and usually repeated pattern of notes in a song.
The musical piece has a great guitar riff (repeated pattern of notes) all the way through the song.
improvisation - the act or art of improvising.
... improvise means to make something up on the spot, or figure it out as you go.
The young boy was able to do a piano improvisation (made up on the spot) without skipping a beat.
refrain(s) - a phrase or verse that is repeated regularly in a poem or song.
The song refrain (phrase or verse) repeated three times throughout the song.
prose - writing that is not poetry: ordinary writing.
The children presented their prose (writing NOT poetry) to the class.
pulpit - a raised platform where a priest or minister stands when leading a worship service.
The priest stood at the pulpit (a raised platform) and gave his sermon.
crescendo - a gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music.
The crowd applauded at the crescendo (gradual increase in the loudness of sound) as the musical piece came to an end.
radiant - having or showing an attractive quality of happiness, love, health, etc.
The parents faces were radiant with joy (showing a quality of happiness and love) as their son received his college degree.
sweltering - very hot.
It was sweltering (very hot) in the classroom on this very humid day.
reverent - showing a lot of respect: very respectful.
The people in the church were reverent (showed a lot of respect) as they sat quietly waiting for the mass to begin.
skeptic - a person who questions or doubts something (such as a claim or statement): a person who often questions or doubts things.
The woman was a skeptic (doubtful) when she heard the salesman's claims.
cornerstone - a stone that forms part of a corner in the outside wall of a building and that often shows the date when the building was built.
The cornerstone (a stone that sits in the outside corner of a building) of the building was carved with the date the building was built.
transformative - the act or instance of transforming. The state of being transformed.
The medicine was transformative (able to change something) in that it quickly took away the woman's headache.
Tiananmen Square -
Tiananmen Square - a large city square in the center of Bejing, China.
It is named after the Tiananmen gate located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City.
Tiananmen Square is a large public square in China. Years ago chinese students protested in the square and were chased down by military tanks.
exert - to use (strength, ability, etc.)
The old man was not able to exert (to put forward strength) himself too much since he had fallen and broken his arm.
oratory - the art of speaking in public eloquently or effectively.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had excellent oratory (speaking) skills.
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