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hourglassPrefix Game - An, A
based on The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

Directions: Use your Internet based and print based research skills to help you play the game, too.

In Chapter four, Margaret Rose and her Grand Uncle Alex play a game with words that begin with the prefix an. Anobedient, anonymous, anorexia, anemia, Anne Boleyn.

The prefix an- is from Greek it means: no, absence of, without, lack of, or not.1

An- is used frequently in medical terms. For example: anencephaly means without a brain and
anesthesia means a total or partial loss of the sense of pain, temperature, or touch.

Join the game and expand the collection of a- & an- words. Go for at least 10.
(Hint: which of these word resources will be most useful to you? A thesaurus, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an index, a directory) Use each word you write in a sentence.

Challenge yourself by creating sentences that relate to the story.


Invent an "an" word that relates to your life. What does it mean?



"What you take away is as important as what you leave and
what you take away makes what you leave more important." Alexander Rose

1. Robertson's Words for a Modern Age: A Dictionary of Latin and Greek Words used in Modern English Vocabulary

Outcasts Extras:

Bullying in Outcasts The year you were twelve activity
Prefix an- game Timely Considerations
Vocabulary lists - Make a crossword How do you spend your time?
Folk Art A Walk Through Time
You cannot legislate the weather so what is a Sunshine Law? Time Idioms - It's high time you learnt them!
A Note for Freedom The Battle of Song - play
Outcasts Internet Exploration Explore Watts Towers by Simon Rodia
Design a PowerPoint™ presentation of the story's elements Color Matters

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posted May 2007 Cynthia J. O'Hora Updated June 2013.
In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora May 27, 2007

Save a tree use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font. Please do not put them on the web because they will show up in a search engine making them like the odd question answers in the back of the math text. Recording verbal answers. If you are, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.

Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together.
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