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discrimination


unfair treatment of a person based on race, sex, age, or another reason

I believe there should be no discrimination in our society.

discrimination

defied


went against something; resisted

I defied my parents by eating a second dessert.

defied

dormitory


a home for students provided by a school

Chad’s college dormitory room is so messy!

dormitory

spectators


people watching an event

There were many spectators in the crowd to watch Jenny compete in pole vaulting.

spectators

segregated


kept separate by race

During the civil rights movement, people
protested at segregated lunch counters.

segregated

engage


get involved or connect with something

Karen likes to engage with her community by volunteering at a soup kitchen.

engage

curriculum


all the subjects studied in school

The school board approved a new curriculum for our town’s schools.

curriculum

texture


the way something feels, such as lumpy or smooth

The texture of this blue cheese dressing is very lumpy.

texture

autism


a disorder that can make it difficult to communicate with others

My cousin works with a special tutor because he has autism.

autism

aspiring


working to become something

Dean is an aspiring Olympic athlete, training hard every day.

aspiring

collapsed


fell down suddenly

The bench collapsed when all of the kids sat on it.

collapsed

frostbite


serious damage to the body caused by extreme cold

Lisa got frostbite on her nose because she was out in the freezing cold for too long.

frostbite

mission


a job or task with a special purpose

The FBI sent five agents on a mission to find the bank robbers.

mission

desperate


willing to do anything to change a situation that is almost hopeless

Bill was so desperate to turn his grades around that he started to study every day.

desperate

vaccine


a medicine, usually given as a shot, that protects someone from getting a disease

I got a shot with the flu vaccine because I don’t want to get sick during the winter.

vaccine
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