Vocabulary helper

The English language often gives a word negative meaning by putting a few letters (called a prefix) in front of a word. For example, you are happy when you win but unhappy when you lose.
 
There are many prefixes that make a word negative, here are some:
 
dis-         agree/disagree
in-           active/inactive
im-          possible/impossible
ir-            responsible/irresponsible
un-          happy/unhappy
il-             legal/illegal
 

Make a table. As you work with the textbook write in the adjectives that are negated in this way. Leave room for more prefixes in case you find them. Your table can look like this:
 
Positive
dis
in
im
ir
un
il
happy
 
 
 
 
unhappy
 
mount
dismount
 
 
 
 
 
sane
 
insane
 
 
 
 
mature
 
 
immature
 
 
 
rational
 
 
 
irrational
 
 
 
And so on.
 
Vocabulary table
As mentioned above, it is a good idea to keep a list of new words you learn. When doing this it is a good idea to also include a sample sentence to see how the word is used.
 
Word
Word type
Definition
 
Sample sentence
debunk
Verb
to expose the sham or falseness of
The book debunks many longstanding myths surrounding the historical event.
paltry
Adjective
meager; measly; very little
Nora was struggling to support herself on the paltry wages from her day job, so she began to wait tables at night.
 etc.