treacherous Something treacherous is dangerous and unpredictable. Which weather is more treacherous – a gentle rainstorm or a harsh blizzard? Why?
drudgery Drudgery is hard, unpleasant, boring work. What everyday chore feels like drudgery to you?
plunge If you plunge into something, you rush into it suddenly. What do you do after you plunge into a swimming pool?
smoldering Something smoldering is burning slowly from the inside, without flames. If you see a smoldering ember in an old campfire, should you pick it up? Why or why not?
altered When something has been altered, it has been changed. If you altered the way the furniture in your classroom is arranged, describe what you would be doing.
scoffed If you scoffed at something, you spoke about it in a mocking or critical way. If your friend scoffed about a teams chances of winning, how did your friend feel?
skeptically If you talk skeptically about something, you express doubt about whether is it true. Would you think skeptically about cows climbing trees or about cows eating grass? Explain.
discouraged If something discouraged you, it made you believe that things weren’t going to turn out as you hoped. Would you be discouraged if someone told you that you had won a prize? Why or why not?