Word Up! Words of the Week for 9/21 – 9/25


Mr. Joseph Hosea, MHS Librarian

EXPANSIONISM: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. a policy of expansion or growth usually relating to territory or the economy
  • a. suffix: ism – used in the formation of action nouns
  • Sentence:
    • The United States practiced expansionism between the Civil War and World War I as it expanded its borders to the Pacific Ocean.


MONITORING: v. (describes an action)

  1. to observe, record, or detect
  • Sentence:
    • The students were monitoring the growth of mold in the petri dish in class.


PERSPECTIVE: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. a technique for drawing volume and spacial relationships on a flat surface
  2. the state of one’s own ideas, or the ability to see all relevant information to a problem or situation
  • Sentence:
    • The art students used a perspective technique to make the chair appear 3D.


RATIO: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. the relation between two similar objects, proportion or size
  • Sentence:
    • The ratio of teachers to students is approximately one to twenty-five. (1:25)


Social Studies Level 3 Power Word of the Week

Intermediate Directions: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. the points of a compass that fall between cardinal directions
  • Sentence:
    • Some consider Peter Pan’s directions to Neverland, “…second star to the right and straight on to morning,” to mean a north-easterly intermediate direction.