Vocabulary in the Opening Paragraph
Continue to focus on the opening paragraph of “A Modest Proposal.”
- Highlight any vocabulary you are unfamiliar with or are uncertain about.
- Pay particular attention to melancholy, importuning, alms, and sustenance. Jot down some ideas about possible meanings based on what the paragraph tells you.
- Share with a partner or small group. When you have finished sharing, look up the meaning of these new words and discuss how the definitions are similar to your own ideas.