When & Where: I was reading Michelle's article for Monday's class ("Content Area Readers: Helping Middle-Level Students Become Word Aware (and Enjoy It!)") when I came across the word tenet. The sentence was: "In reviewing the literature, a number of important tenets repeatedly bubbled up."
Level of Familiarity: I've never heard this word before. Based on the context, I would guess that it means points or ideas.
What it Means: "a principle or belief, esp. one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy." (www.dictionary.com)
Reflective Commentary: I could see myself using this word in class if I was teaching and trying to expand my students' vocabulary. Rather than saying principles or beliefs, this would be a nice way to expose them to different words.