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Discovering Wes Moore
Transcript of Discovering Wes Moore
Summary: Chapter 1 was mainly about Wes's family and their backstory. They didn't mention Wes as much as you'd think.
Vocab: baritone, compromised, agony
baritone- is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice types. It is the most common male voice.
compromised-an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.
agony-extreme physical or mental suffering
figurative language-page 9 "she didn't want to change to fit into a melting pot; she wanted to be accepted for who she was. Which means she wanted to be liked for who she actually was.
notice and note-howd wes's dad die?
summary: chapter 3 is mainly about wes's mother was not allowing wes to go to the bronx public school like his mother, and he goes to a private school split into two sections. It wasn't a very nice school.
vocab: broaden, cuchifritos, graffitied, incense.
broaden-become larger in distance from side to side; widen.
cuchifritos-cuchifritos refers to various fried foods prepared principally of pork in Puerto Rican cuisine. They include a variety of dishes including to morcilla, papas rellenas, chicharron, and other parts of the pig prepared in different ways.
graffitied-write or draw graffiti on (something).
incense-perfume with incense or a similar fragrance.
figurative language-page 33 "i've got the place on lock. from the corner of my eye, i caught justin shaking his head with amazement at the nonsense dribbling out of my mouth".
notice and note-wht isn't wes's mom letting him go to the bronx public school?
Discovering Wes Moore
summary: wes experiences a full day of middle school making new friends telling storys and getting better manners with more strict and harsher rules.
vocab: masse, noncommisioned, platoon.
masse-en masse. In one group or body; all together. For example, The activists marched en masse to the capitol.
noncommisioned-A non-commissioned officer or noncommissioned officer (NCO, colloquially non-com) is a military officer who has not earned a commission.
platoon-a subdivision of a company of soldiers, usually forming a tactical unit that is commanded by a lieutenant and divided into several sections.
figurative language-page "i had to take a look at the bigger picture.
notice and note-i think that wes maybe misses his family but he loves military school.
summary: Chapter 2 is about how wes and his mom react to his dad dying.
vocab: anxiety, jheri.
anxiety-a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
jheri-the Jheri curl (often spelled Jerry curl or Jeri Curl) is a permed hairstyle that was popular among African American, Black Canadian, and Black British during the 1980s.
figurative language-page 23 "my attention was attracted by a telephone pole to which a picture of a young girl was taped.
notice and note-i wonder how it feels to have your mom die?
summary: wes and his mom talk about how he should be doing in school and what his grades are.
vocab: revelation, contradictions,
revelation-a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way.
contradictions-a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another.
figurative language-page 47 "running through my head until the message had gotten across."
notice and note-why is'nt wes trying in school?
summary: wes has his first morning at millitary school as he sleeps in and doesn't listen to directions and goes lazily back to sleep after the sargeant told him to wake up. the millitary guys are very strict.
vocab: intimitaded, irrelavent.
intimataded-imply or hint.
irrelavent-not connected with or relevant to something.
figurative language-page 59 "i am going to smoke you so bad they will need dental records to identify your body!!"
notice and note-i wonder if wes likes military school so far and if he likes the sargeants being strict and harsh?
summary: wes does the alabama heat beat down.(which is a basketball pick up game) and he talks about basketball with his friends.
dictate-lay down authoritatively; prescribe.
figurative language-page 82 "grip and grin"(a motto or saying).
notice and note-wes is learning new things in military school. when did this take place?
summary: wes and miss pollack discuss colleges and and what wes's plans were. and what plans they recommend to wes.
vocab: plaques, photogenic.
plaques-an ornamental tablet, typically of metal, porcelain, or wood, that is fixed to a wall or other surface in commemoration of a person or event.
photogenic-(especially of a person) looking attractive in photographs or on film.
figurative language-page 101 "they were spun right back to the streets and their ambitions."
notice and note-i think miss polack will inspire him?
summary: wes goes to south africa and learns alot about history and current facts of the south african culture.
vocab: apartheid, poverty, quilts.
apartheid-(in South Africa) a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.
poverty-the state of being extremely poor
quilts-a warm bed covering made of padding enclosed between layers of fabric and kept in place by lines of stitching, typically applied in a decorative design.
figurative language-page 105 "the van bounced up and down as the roads below turned from paved highways to streets covered in dirt."
notice and note-wes learns alot in south america.
summary: after college wes moves to england with a full scholarship to oxford. and there is a big deal about a jewlery robbery at a store when he returned from south africa.
vocab: heinous, premature.
heinous-(of a person or wrongful act, especially a crime) utterly odious or wicked.
premature-occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early.
figurative language-page 115 "me and wes went on very different paths, he tunred into a crime and i on mine."
notice and note-wes is getting alot smarter.
summary: this talks about how the two wes's ended up on very different paths when it almos seemd like they were the same person. and now wes hopes good luck to the the other wes.
vocab: compiling, provoking.
compiling-produce (something, especially a list, report, or book) by assembling information collected from other sources.
provoking-causing annoyance; irritating.
figurative language-page 136 "i don't undestand why i stopped reaching out to him".
notice and note-wes and wes turned out very different.