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Friday, October 26, 2012

Vocabulary and Reading Quest


Vocabulary Quest
§  synonym using Oxford Thesaurus &
§  meaning using Oxford Advance Learner’s Dictionary

Reading Quest   Based on HOTS (higher order thinking skills):
o   analysis(review, dissection, scrutinize, distinguishing between facts and inferences),
o   synthesis (creatively builds a structure from diverse elements or ideas; put parts together to form a whole with emphasis on creating  a unique and new meaning.),
o   evaluation (use criteria to make and justify judgments about something) and
o   affective (respond with a statement of feeling, emotion, attitude and opinion without a standard appraisal; expressing feeling, emotion, opinion or attitude)


Article:   “Spice It Up!” –article taken from Urban Health, issue83, page:11,January 2012

 “Spice It Up” Vocabulary Quest :
1.      Evolve (v)  synonym: educe, emergegrow, increase
 meaning:   i.    To throw out; to emit; as, to evolve odors.
                    ii.   To become open, disclosed, or developed; to pass through a process of evolution.
                    iii.  To unfold or unroll; to open and expand; to disentangle and exhibit clearly
                           and satisfactorily; to develop; to derive; to educe.

2.      Delectable (adj)  appetizing, scrumptious, tasty, yummy
                                  i.            Greatly pleasing; delightful.
                                ii.            Greatly pleasing to the taste; delicious.

3.      Stimulate  (v) activate, arouse, trigger, vitalize
                                i.            To rouse to activity or heightened action, as by spurring or goading; excite.  
                              ii.            To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or part).
                            iii.            To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.

4.      Cathartic (adj, n)  cleansing, purgative, purifying
                                i.            (adj) emotionally purging, strongly laxative
                              ii.            (n) a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

5.      Aphrodisiac (adj) amatory, amorous, erogenous
                                i.            (adj)arousing or intensifying sexual desire.
                              ii.            (n) something, such as a drug or food, having such an effect.

“Spice It Up” Reading Quest :
The ancient societies valued and appreciated the distinguished quality of spices. The potential usage of spices from generations to generations has triggered the awareness of today’s modern societies to explore and discover the hidden beneficial values of spice despite all the perilous consequences. Thus, we can justify that the eminent quality spice usage has emerged as spices are now being used effectively not only for cooking but also for contemporary purposes in our modern societies.  

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