advantage n. UK /ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ US /ədˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
An advantage is something that helps you.
→Being tall is an advantage to a basketball player.
cause v. UK /kɔːz/ US /kɑːz/
To cause is to make something happen.
→The cold weather caused her to get sick.
choice n. /tʃɔɪs/
A choice is the act or possibility of picking something.
→I had my choice of five doors to open.
community n. /kəˈmjuː.nə.t̬i/
A community is a group of people who live together.
→The kids from my community usually play together.
dead adj. /ded/
To be dead is to not be alive.
→A dead person is usually buried in the ground.
distance n. /ˈdɪs.təns/
The distance between two things is how far it is between them.
→The distance between the Earth and the Moon is 384,400 kilometers.
escape v. /ɪˈskeɪp/
To escape is to run away from something bad.
→The butterfly could not escape from the cage.
face v. /feɪs/
If you face a problem, you deal with it.
→My sister and I have to find a better way to face our differences.
follow v. UK /ˈfɒl.əʊ/ US /ˈfɑː.loʊ/
To follow means to go behind someone and go where they go.
→The little boy followed his mother home.
fright n. /fraɪt/
Fright is the feeling of being scared.
→She was filled with fright.
ghost UK /ɡəʊst/ US /ɡoʊst/
A ghost is the spirit of a dead person.
→Many people are afraid of ghosts.
individual n. UK /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪdʒ.u.əl/ US /ˌɪn.dəˈvɪdʒ.u.əl/
An individual is one person.
→Only one individual could win the bicycle race.
pet n. /pet/
A pet is an animal that lives with people.
→Out of all my pets, the dog is my favorite.
reach v. /riːtʃ/
To reach means to arrive at a place.
→I was happy to finally reach my destination.
return v. /rɪˈtɝːn/
To return is to go back to a place.
→I was happy to return home to my mom after school.
survive v. /sɚˈvaɪv/
To survive is to stay alive.
→My dog survived her fall into the water.
upset adj. /ʌpˈset/
To be upset is to be unhappy about something.
→She was upset because she broke her toy.
voice n. /vɔɪs/
Avoice is the sound a person makes when they talk or sing.
→He used a microphone, so everyone could hear his voice.
weather n. /ˈweð.ɚ/
The weather is the condition of the air: hot, rainy, windy, etc.
→The weather can be sunny, rainy, or cold.
wise adj. /waɪz/
To be wise is to use experience and intelligence to make good choices.
→Many people believe that owls are very wise animals.
The Friendly Ghost
A nice woman lived by a large river. She loved children. She wanted to help
them in any way. She loved her community, and everyone in the community loved her. She lived a very long time and became very wise.
When she died, she became a ghost. She was dead, but every night she
returned to her community. She wanted to help children and not to cause them fright. But she had a scary voice. Children were afraid of her, but the ghost was a good one. She only scared them to help them.
One night, some children and a dog were playing by the river. They were
having fun with their pet. But they were far from home. Then the weather became bad. It rained and rained. The river was rising. It was very dark. The children knew they were lost. They needed to go north, but they didn’t know which direction it was. When the moon came out, they saw a ghost by the river. The ghost said, “Go away!”
The children felt great fright. They knew it was a ghost. Then the ghost moved closer. She yelled again, “Go away!” The children became very upset. Some of them began to cry. The children knew they had a choice: they could escape, or they could stay and face this scary individual in the dark.
The children ran a long distance away. The ghost followed them all the way. Finally, the children reached home. The ghost was very happy. Soon the river rose higher and higher. It was very dangerous. The ghost had helped the children survive! She had saved them from the rising water. She also used her power to lead them home. Sometimes, meeting a ghost has advantages. A ghost can save your life!