What are five new words from the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson?

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you asking for some new vocabulary words from the story? If so, your teacher probably wants you to find five words you do not know. Since you are in 9th grade, I will take a stab at choosing some words that might be new to you. If this is not what you are asking, please rephrase and ask again.

  1. Jovial - fun-loving
  2. Paraphernalia - assorted things, belongings, "stuff"
  3. Perfunctory - automatic, unthinking
  4. Disengaged - disconnected, pulled away
  5. Petulantly - resentfully, sullenly

Read the text of the story at the link below to find other words if you already know these.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a question that we cannot really answer for you.  We do not know what words you know and what words you do not.  What I can do is suggest some words that are in the story but which you might not know.  I would suggest that you should pick the ones that would work best for you.

Some possible words would be:

  • profusely
  • boisterous
  • civic
  • jovial
  • paraphernalia
  • preceded

If you are a ninth grader, I would think that all of these would be words that at least some of your classmates would not know.

lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I see that another teacher chose some of the same words as I did! Great minds think alike.