Using the Root -vid A. Directions

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Using the Root -vid-

A. DIRECTIONS: Each word below on the left contains the root -vid-, meaning "to see." Match each word with its definition. Write the letter of the definition on the line next to the word it defines.

  1. video

  2. videotape

  3. evident

4. evidence

  1. easy to see; clear; obvious B

  2. another name for a movie rental D

  3. something, you can see that proves or makes clear A

  4. a tape that records and plays things you see C

Now write an original sentence using each word with the -vid- root.

5. video A radio is like a TV without a video picture. _

6. videotape We rented a videotape to watch. _

7. evident It was evident he was worried. _

8. evidence The lawyer entered the weapon as evidence. _

Using the Word Bank


B. DIRECTIONS: Write the Word Bank word that can replace the italicized group of words in each sentence.

  1. The food seller it seems did not cook the hamburger patties long enough before selling

them to customer evidently.

  1. As a result, the widespread disease of food poisoning affected nearly everyone who ate the

undercooked meat. Epidemic.

  1. The police department's plan cleared the hoodlums out of the park. flushed

  2. On our nature walk, we spotted a flock of birds. covey

C. DIRECTIONS: For each pair of related words in CAPITAL LETTERS, choose the lettered pair that best expresses a similar relationship. Circle the letter of your choice.


  2. hospital : nurses

  3. riot: police

  4. sick: well

  5. medicine : science

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  2. evidence: trial

  3. slowly: quickly

  4. suddenly: sudden

  5. certainly: surely

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Build Spelling Skills: Changing the Adjective Ending -ent

to the Noun Ending' -ence

Spelling Strategy The Word Bank word evidently comes from the word evident. The adjective evident can be turned into the noun evidence by changing its ending from

-ent to -ence.

• To change an adjective that ends in -ent to a noun that ends in -ence, drop the final -ent and add -ence.

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evident - ent + -ence = evidence

independent - ent + -ence = independence

A. Practice: Change each adjective in the left column into a noun by adding -ence. Write your new word on the line.



1. competent


2. diligent


3. excellent


4. existent


5. different


6. persistent


7. permanent


B. Practice: Complete each sentence below by changing the adjective in parentheses to a noun that ends in -ence. Write your new word on the line.

1. Schatz's father worried because his son's behavior seemed to lack (coherent) coherence

  1. Schatz took on a strange (silent) silence , that his father could not fig-

ure out.

  1. No one could visit Schatz because of his (insistent) insistence that

everyone stay away.

  1. Schatz made a mistake that any child of normal (intelligent) intelligence _

might have made.

Challenge: The Word Bank word evidently may be pronounced two different ways. Say the word aloud. Which syllable did you stress the most? Now try to guess the other pronunciation of evidently that is acceptable. Look in a dictionary to see if you are correct.


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Build Grammar Skills: Pronouns

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun or a group of words acting as a noun.

noun pronoun

Example: When the doctor came, he took the boy's temperature.

These are some of the most common pronouns:

me mine myself you your yours yourself

her hers herself he


his himself



ours ourselves they

them theirs themselves


itself who/whom which





A. Practice: Underline the pronoun or pronouns in each sentence.

  1. Schatz had a fever, and it worried him quite a bit.

  2. Schatz shut the windows when he saw they were open.

  3. The doctor left three different medicines and instructions for giving them.

  4. His father felt Schatz wanted to be by himself.

  5. Schatz's misunderstanding was a mistake that we ourselves might have made as young children.

B. Writing Application: Imagine that Schatz kept a diary in which he described his thoughts and feelings about being sick. Write sentences that Schatz might have written. Use the nouns and pronouns below. Add at least one more pronoun to each sentence.

1. father, he I do not want my father in the room because he will become upset to see me die.

2. books, them I have tried reading books, but I can’t concentrate on any of them.

3. temperature, it My temperature is so high that I know it will cause my death.

4. fear, it, they I wish I could share my fear with other people, but they wouldn’t understand it

5. father, me After my father explained things to me, we were both able to relax a little


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Reading Strategy: Identifying Word Roots

One way to avoid struggling with words is to learn word roots-the basic fonn of a word

after all the added parts are removed. A word root may come at the beginning. middle. or end of the whole word. All roots have a meaning. but not all roots are words. Some must be "bound"

or tied to other word parts to make sense. The mis in miserable is a bound root. Other word roots are "independent" or free. They are words that can stand alone. The word root loud. as in aloud. is independent.

DIRECTIONS: Complete the chart about some roots used in this story. First tell whether the root is bound or independent. Then give the meaning of the root and the meaning of the entire word . in which it appears. You may use a dictionary.


Word With

Bound or


Meaning of

the Root


of Root

Whole Word





Set of steps to follow





Keep away from, prevented





Different from one another




Base or place

Not solidly





Locations, site





Measure of long distance





Instrument to measure heat






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Literary Analysis: Internal Conflict

An internal conflict is one that takes place inside a character's mind. In "A Day's Wait," Schatz struggles all day with a personal fear that he is unwilling to share with anyone else, in­cluding his father and the doctor. Although you don't discover the exact nature of Schatz's con­flict until the end of the story, you find hints of it along the way. For example, early in the story, Schatz's father says that his son "seemed very detached from what was going on." That detail indicates that something else is occupying Schatz's mind.

DIRECTIONS: Write your answers to the following questions.

1. How does Schatz behave when his father reads to him the first time? Why does the boy behave that way? He was unable to follow the story because he was too worried about dying.

  1. How does Schatz respond when his father suggests that he try to go to sleep? Why does the boy respond that way? He says he would rather stay awake because he is too nervous or scared to sleep.

  2. Why doesn't Schatz allow anyone into his room later? What does this indicate about his fear? He thinks he has a deadly disease that anyone who comes near him will catch.

4. Why isn't Schatz able to fall asleep? He is too afraid. He thinks he is going to die in his sleep.

5. Why does Schatz think that he is going to die? He doesn’t understand that his temperature on a Fahrenheit scale is no big deal.

6. Why do you think Schatz chose not to reveal his fear to his father or to the doctor?

He felt hopeless since he was certain he was going to die. He wanted to stay strong.

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