Grammatical Principles

Vocabulary in the Opening Paragraph

Work Time

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.
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