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Vocabulary List for The Redcoats are Coming!

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Chapter 1—Vacation Plans

21 new or difficult words

  1. Beth

  2. Patrick

  3. beads

  4. sweat

  5. Whit’s End (Mr. Whittaker’s ice-creamshop and “fun emporium”)

  6. annoyed

  7. Whit

  8. edge

  9. register

  10. irritation

  11. cousin

  12. vacation

  13. surprise

  14. Boston

  15. American Revolution

  16. Bible

  17. Revolutionary War

  18. generations

  19. paused

  20. important

  21. wrenches

Chapter 2—A Mysterious Letter

14 new or difficult words

  1. lettering

  2. edition

  3. extremely

  4. Psalms

  5. envelope

  6. Paul Revere

  7. interrupt

  8. anticipation

  9. experience

  10. Imagination Station

  11. helicopter

  12. gestured

  13. shuddered

  14. vacuum

Chapter 3—Secret Code

19 new or difficult words

  1. columns

  2. steeple

  3. completed

  4. gentleman

  5. hoofbeats

  6. saddlebag

  7. Sybil

  8. curtsied

  9. feather

  10. quill

  11. remembered

  12. Patriots

  13. Concord

  14. Lexington

  15. musket balls

  16. colonists

  17. pewter

  18. ammunition

  19. British

Chapter 4—Dangerous Spies

16 new or difficult words

  1. provincial

  2. Loyalist

  3. pulpit

  4. Constitution

  5. politics

  6. liberty

  7. gavel

  8. unfamiliar

  9. permission

  10. JohnHancock

  11. interruption

  12. replied

  13. announced

  14. whispered

  15. exchange

  16. marbles

Chapter 5—The Proclamation

16 new or difficult words

  1. wigged

  2. handwritten

  3. Dr. Benjamin Church

  4. elbow

  5. proclamation

  6. assembly

  7. echoed

  8. startled

  9. resolved

  10. declares

  11. colony

  12. marveled

  13. inventions

  14. Ben Franklin

  15. Whittaker of Boston( fictional relative of Whit)

  16. originally

Chapter 6—Strangers

19 new or difficult words

  1. Mr. Brown

  2. Arms smuggler

  3. Ross

  4. stomach

  5. baggy

  6. cannons

  7. hitched

  8. disappeared

  9. relieved

  10. phrase

  11. business

  12. confusing

  13. meetinghouse

  14. carriages

  15. stirred

  16. broadly

  17. Samuel Adams

  18. harnessed

  19. giddyap

Chapter 7—In the Corncrib

22 new or difficult words

  1. galloped

  2. suddenly

  3. grassy

  4. halter

  5. puffy

  6. shooed

  7. Reverend Jonas Clarke

  8. frustrated

  9. Philadelphia

  10. include

  11. squeeze

  12. collection

  13. corncrib

  14. shacklike

  15. playhouse

  16. burlap

  17. moldy

  18. potatoes

  19. rotten

  20. cellar

  21. squirming

  22. screamed

Chapter 8—Alone in the Dark

13 new or difficult words

  1. clattered

  2. rat snakes

  3. adjusted

  4. hibernating

  5. armload

  6. trundle

  7. lantern

  8. electric

  9. hooves

  10. rafters

  11. gloomy

  12. soothed

  13. creatures

Chapter 9—Emergency

19 new or difficult words

  1. emergency

  2. Mrs. Clarke

  3. Lexington Green

  4. pale

  5. private

  6. breakfast

  7. oatmeal

  8. old-fashioned

  9. surrounded

  10. risers

  11. podium

  12. unfortunately

  13. preached

  14. governments

  15. Christians

  16. cruel

  17. King George

  18. un-American

  19. gunpowder

Chapter 10—The Search

16 new or difficult words

  1. dismissed

  2. quiet

  3. winced

  4. strangers

  5. sneaked

  6. whirled

  7. curtains

  8. shriek

  9. trousers

  10. muttered

  11. scrambled

  12. crawled

  13. heave

  14. scampered

  15. thrashing

  16. weight

Chapter 11—Bony Fingers

25 new or difficult words

  1. footprints

  2. assumed

  3. questioned

  4. pitchfork

  5. rung

  6. stumbled

  7. mound

  8. clenched

  9. sidestepped

  10. continued

  11. tickled

  12. tumbling

  13. groaned

  14. yanked

  15. compost

  16. engulfed

  17. originally

  18. realized

  19. direction

  20. swallowed

  21. commanded

  22. tangle

  23. troublemakers

  24. searching

  25. traitors

Chapter 12—Oh, Rats!

10 new or difficult words

  1. siblings

  2. privacy

  3. embarrassment

  4. yesterday

  5. suspiciously

  6. helplessly

  7. evidence

  8. throttle

  9. Lord’s Day

  10. consequences

Chapter 13—Willing to Die

15 new or difficult words

  1. stunned

  2. documents

  3. militia

  4. treason

  5. positioned

  6. men-of-war

  7. volunteered

  8. tavern

  9. John Buckman

  10. minutemen

  11. patrolled

  12. clever

  13. triangle-shaped

  14. oppressing

  15. Battles of Lexington and Concord

Chapter 14—A Dangerous Ride

4 new or difficult words

  1. abuzz

  2. supplies

  3. countryside

  4. breathing

Chapter 15—War!

15 new or difficult words

  1. scooted

  2. satisfied

  3. smugly

  4. waist

  5. predawn

  6. twitter

  7. reins

  8. chorus

  9. hammer

  10. message

  11. pinpricks

  12. splinters

  13. tread

  14. symbol

  15. creaked