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  • 15 WordsDissed List: Breakup Words for Valentine's Day
  • 14 WordsAll You Need is Love: Amor and Phil
  • 10 WordsLove Letter Words for Valentine's Day
  • 15 WordsSickly Sweet Treats: Sappy and Insincere Valentine Words
  • 13 WordsI Heart Words: Cor, Cord and Cardio
  • 18 Words"To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
  • 10 Words"Sonnet 55" by William Shakespeare
  • 10 Words"Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
  1. The BreadwinnerDeborah Ellis
    Living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy in order to earn money...
  2. The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieMuriel Spark
    In this novel, a group of schoolgirls falls under the spell of a charismatic and unconventional teacher.
  3. Queen of the SeaDylan Meconis
    Margaret is an orphan who was raised by nuns on an isolated island. When Eleanor, the exiled Queen of Albion, is...
  4. Some Places More Than OthersRenée Watson
    Eleven-year-old Amara visits Harlem with her father to learn more about her family's history.
  5. The Bridge of San Luis ReyThornton Wilder
    When five people are killed after a bridge collapses, a friar attempts to find meaning in the tragedy.
  6. Race to the SunRebecca Roanhorse
    Seventh-grader Nizhoni, her brother, and her best friend must pass a series of difficult tests and travel to the House...

"Death of a Naturalist" by Seamus Heaney

The speaker of this poem remembers collecting frog's eggs as a child, but is repulsed by watching...
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"The Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats

In this modernist poem, Yeats uses apocalyptic imagery to characterize the state of the world after...
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"The Bells" by Edgar Allan Poe

This poem by Edgar Allan Poe is notable for its masterful use of sound effects, including...
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"The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson

In this poem, the speaker imagines that a railway train is a living creature. Read the full text...
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  1. The Girl Who Drew ButterfliesHow Maria Merian's Art Changed ScienceJoyce Sidman
    This biography, which won the Robert F. Sibert Medal, recounts the life of Maria Merian, a naturalist who studied...
  2. AstronautsWomen on the Final FrontierJim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
    Using a graphic novel format, the authors of Primates tell the stories of the first women in space, focusing on...
  3. SapiensA Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah Harari
    Drawing on both historical and scientific research, this book traces the evolution of human beings over tens of...
  4. Courage to SoarA Body in Motion, A Life in BalanceSimone Biles
    In this autobiography, cowritten with Michelle Burford, decorated gymnast Simone Biles recounts her path to becoming an...
  5. PrimatesThe Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté GaldikasJim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
    Using a graphic novel format, this book explores the lives and work of primatologists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and...
  6. The Faithful SpyDietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill HitlerJohn Hendrix
    Using both text and graphics, John Hendrix details the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a spy who attempted to bring down...

"The Origin of Species by Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin: Essential Words

Charles Darwin expounded his theories on evolution in "The Origin of Species by Natural Selection."...
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"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

George Orwell reflects on imperialism as he recounts an incident that occurred when he was a police...
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"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

In this essay, novelist Amy traces her development as a writer by reflecting on the ways she and her...
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"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This 19th-century transcendentalist essay argues that spending time in nature helps people resist...
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  • Multiple Meaning Words: Context is King
  • Language of the Test: Learn to Speak "SAT"
  • Words to Capture Tone: Getting Inside the Author's Head

Some Helpful Poetry Terms

One of the stumbling blocks when trying to study poetry is that it seems like a different world....
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The New SAT: Language of the Test - List #1

How can you perform well on the new reading section of the SAT if you don’t fully understand the...
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ASVAB Word Knowledge

The Word Knowledge subtest of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a vocabulary...
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The New SAT: Words to Capture Tone - List #1

On the New SAT, all of the Reading Test questions are multiple choice and are based on reading...
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The New SAT: Multiple-Meaning Words List #1

Context is king -- that’s the lesson you need to internalize as you begin preparing for the...
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PARCC: Language of the Test (Grade7)

Before you can answer a question on the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy section, you first need...
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PARCC: Language of the Test (Grade 11)

Before you can answer a question on the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy section, you first need...
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Tier 2 Words for the SBAC ELA Items

Here are 68 Tier 2 words that are likely to be found on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium...
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  • 15 WordsAud ("Hear")
  • 15 WordsPath ("Feeling")
  • 15 WordsPhon ("Sound")
  • 15 WordsOp, Ops, Opt ("Sight")
  • 15 WordsSent, Sens ("Feel")
  • 15 WordsSon ("Sound")
  • 15 WordsSpec, Spect, Spic ("Look")
  • 14 WordsTact, Tang ("Touch")
  • 15 WordsVid, Vis ("See")

Power Suffix: -acy

Derived from Latin, the English suffix -acy in English means "the state of" or "the quality or...
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More English Words Derived from Yiddish

English has borrowed many words from Yiddish, which is itself an amalgam of German, Russian, Hebrew...
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Body Parts: Neur ("Nerve")

You've got a lot of nerve — so learn this list of words that derive the Latin word neuron, meaning...
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Power Suffix: -ology

Derived from the Greek suffix -logia, the suffix -ology in English means "the science of or the...
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Frankenwords: Words with Roots from Different Languages

Words derived from more than one language are called "hybrid words." Many hybrid words in English...
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Speak Your Mind: Anim

Learn these words derived from the Latin root anim, which has many meanings, including "breath,"...
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Walk the Walk: Amb

Learn these words derived from the Latin verb ambulare, meaning "to walk or go about."
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Twists and Turns: Tor

Turn your attention to these words derived from the Latin root tor, meaning "to twist and turn" and...
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  • 40 WordsNumber 1, Alexander Hamilton
  • 40 WordsNumber 9, Alexander Hamilton
  • 60 WordsNumber 10, James Madison
  • 35 WordsNumber 14, James Madison
  • 40 WordsNumber 23, Alexander Hamilton
  • 35 WordsNumber 39, James Madison
  • 35 WordsNumber 47, James Madison
  • 40 WordsNumber 51, James Madison
  • 40 WordsNumber 70, Alexander Hamilton
  • 40 WordsNumber 78, Alexander Hamilton

"The Declaration of Sentiments" (1848)

The Declaration of Sentiments was presented in July 1848 at the first Women's Rights Convention in...
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Marbury v. Madison (1803)

Shortly before the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams appointed many judges and justices....
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

In 1951, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recruited 13 parents...
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The Constitution of the United States

The Constitution is, quite simply, the basis of American democracy. The document details what the...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 70 by Alexander Hamilton

Published on March 18, 1788, this essay argues that the executive office should be led by a strong...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 41 by James Madison

This essay was published on January 19, 1788. In it, Madison weighs the pros and cons of the...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 23 by Alexander Hamilton

In this essay, published on December 18, 1787, Hamilton argues that the federal government must be...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 9 by Alexander Hamilton

This essay was published on November 21, 1787 in response to objectors who did not think that the...
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  • 14 WordsAbraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" (1863)
  • 36 WordsRichard Nixon's "Checkers Speech" (1952)
  • 25 WordsJohn F. Kennedy's Address to the American People on the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
  • 60 WordsDwight D. Eisenhower, "The Military-Industrial Complex" (1961)
  • 30 WordsFranklin D. Roosevelt, "A Date That Will Live In Infamy" (1941)
  • 35 WordsHerbert Hoover on "Rugged Individualism" (1928)
  • 30 WordsTheodore Roosevelt on "New Nationalism" (1910)
  • 30 WordsJimmy Carter on "The Crisis of Confidence" (1979)
  • 30 WordsLyndon B. Johnson on "The Great Society" (1964)
  • 35 WordsTheodore Roosevelt on "The Man with the Muck Rake" (1906)
  • 50 WordsRonald Reagan, "Tear Down This Wall" (1987)
  • 50 WordsFranklin Roosevelt, "Four Freedoms" (1941)

Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" (1863)

At just 272 words long, Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is widely considered to be one of the...
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Beyond Vietnam" (1967)

In this speech, delivered at Riverside Church in New York City, King expresses his opposition to the...
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"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" by Frederick Douglass

In this powerful speech delivered on July 5, 1852, abolitionist Frederick Douglass argued that the...
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Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?" (1863)

Sojourner Truth's speech at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Ohio asked a question that could...
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President Trump's Second State of the Union Address (2019)

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019. The President...
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Figurative Language in King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)

Learn the vocabulary that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to inspire a generation to break free...
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Richard Nixon's "Checkers Speech" (1952)

In September, 1952, Richard Nixon, a young senator from California, was nominated to run for Vice...
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John F. Kennedy's Address to the American People on the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)

On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a televised address to the American public...
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  • 11 WordsDo-Over! Words For Groundhog Day: February 2
  • 20 WordsSuper Bowl Blowout! Epic Vocab for the Big Game: February 2
  • 20 WordsIngenious Vocabulary for National Inventors Day: February 11
  • 10 WordsLove Letter Words for Valentine's Day: February 14
  • 16 WordsParty Parlance for Mardi Gras: February 25
  • 15 WordsMight As Well Jump! Words For Leap Year Day: February 29

The Ingenious Lexicon of Invention

Whether you're an ingenious inventor or you just geek out on gadgets, here are some useful words to...
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Aquatic, Waddle, and Plumage: Penguin Parlance

While these penguin-related words are perhaps not as adorable as the waddling aquatic creatures they...
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In a Pickle: Words for When You're in Trouble

When you’ve painted yourself in a corner, stirred up a hornet’s nest, or put yourself between a rock...
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Veterans Day Vocabulary

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th in the United States as a day to honor all military...
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The Grim Reader: Wicked Words of Grave Importance for Halloween

Haunted by the apparition of overused terms like spooky and creepy? Fear not! Learn lesser-known...
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Punctuation Matters

These punctuation terms are good to know, period. Learn what an apostrophe’s purpose is; find out...
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Good Riddance

Unlike the obsolete phone chargers and otiose kitchen gadgets you might want to purge from your junk...
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Words Every Pirate Should Know

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is celebrated on September 19. In the swashbuckling spirit,...
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  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: February 1–6, 2020
  • 10 WordsThis Week In Culture: February 1–6, 2020

This Week In Culture: January 25–31, 2019

Stories about a surprisingly valuable watch, the Grammys, and lizards falling from the sky all...
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This Week In Words: January 25–31, 2020

Stories about a tragic helicopter crash, the ongoing impeachment trial, and the spreading...
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This Week In Words: January 18–24, 2020

Stories from impeachment to this season's flu outbreak to the world's richest man getting his phone...
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This Week In Culture: January 18–24, 2020

Are you hungry for more Hunger Games? Do you love loud restaurants? What if we told you that fruit...
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This Week In Words: January 11–17, 2020

Stories about mysterious drones in the air, grounded planes, impeachment, and the 2020 campaign all...
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This Week In Culture: January 11–17, 2020

Which are the 30 most evil tech companies? What's the oldest tree in the world? What's the longest...
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This Week In Culture: January 4–10, 2020

Stories about disappearing languages, indoor skiing, and not-so-Golden Globes contributed words to...
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This Week In Words: January 4–10, 2020

News stories about fires, earthquakes, Iran, and lab-grown meat all provided vocabulary for this...
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