English 5 “The Gift of
Watch for the following
elements as you read this story:
Suspense – the feeling of
tension and excitement as the story develops
Flashbacks – the writer
describes a conversation or experience from the past
does the author use flashbacks in this story?
Conflict – the struggle
between opposing forces
What is the
major conflict? Does it get resolved?
Stereotype – a character
depicted in an expected or usual way
any character in this story seem stereotypical?
Character - character
trait - distinguishing feature
Choose two characters in this story and note their outstanding
Is the “gift” Cochise gave
Angie at the end of the story a thoughtful one?
English 5 “The Gift of
Cochise” by Louis L’Amour
Double-barreled shotgun –
gun with two long barrels with a bullet chamber and trigger
** Hunters who aren’t
very good marksmen can use a double-barreled shotgun to bring
Winchester ’73 - rifle –
for long-distance shooting
** A cowboy’s saddle
was often equipped with a rifle sheath so he could shoot right
from the horse.
Walker Colt - pistol for
kept a colt in the leather holster on his belt.
Calico ponies – young horses
with patches of color in its coat
is an American breed horse with dark spots on a light tan coat.
Cavalcade of riders -
riders or vehicles following each other in procession
** The streets
were lined with people as a cavalcade of police motorcycles
Shiftless - lazy,
handsome and happy, but he was so shiftless he couldn’t keep a
Whittle – using a knife to
carve thin shavings off of a piece of wood
whittled branches to make legs for the chair.
Alkali-whitened - salt or
a mixture of salts present in excess in some soils
**Alkali-whitened soil will not support plant life.
Mesas – a flat-topped hill
with steep sides
**A mesa is
often partly surrounded by a canyon.
Lank –long, limp, straight
(hair) lanky- tall and thin
**After I’d been
out in the wind and rain, my hair hung lankly around my face.
Malevolent - wishing evil
malevolently at his unfaithful partner.
Quail – a small, short-tailed bird
**Quail eggs are much smaller
than chicken eggs.
Plaintive – sad, sorrowful sound
**A quail’s song is plaintive
Vocabulary List for
English Wednesday Class (4 to 5 p.m.)
"A Blind Man Catches a
Eager – strong desire to do
Olympic athletes are eager to increase their
Tag on behind – follow
Sam liked to tag along behind as his big
Sighted brother-in-law – his
sister’s brother who could see
The sighted man cheated his blind friend.
Warthogs - an African wild
Are warthogs dangerous?
Disguise – change appearance
to hide true identity
Thieves often try to disguise themselves so
they can’t be caught.
Prospect - a chance or hope
for something to happen in the future
The prospect of getting rich brought many
gold diggers to BC
Marvelous – excellent
This handwork is marvelously well done.
Pouch - a small bag
I keep my coins in a small, silk pouch.
Substitute - use one thing
in place of another
Olive oil is a healthy substitute for butter
in some cooking.
Soul - the spiritual or
Her singing comes from her soul
Fetch– go an get something
Dogs love to fetch a ball or stick.
Enmity - feelings of
ill-will, hostility, hatred
The enmity between these families has lasted