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  • 25 WordsYou Name It: Eponyms
  • 20 WordsFirst-Name Basis: Words That Are Also Names
  • 15 WordsName That Job: Occupational Last Names
  • 20 WordsName On: Pro Sports Team Names, Part 1
  • 20 WordsName On: Pro Sports Team Names, Part 2
  • 30 Words"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
  1. FencesAugust Wilson
    Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows former baseball player...
  2. Endling: The LastKatherine Applegate
    Byx believes she may be the last of the dairnes, a species of dog-like creatures, so she sets out on an epic journey to...
  3. Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy
    This classic Russian novel, translated by Constance Garnett, details the ill-fated relationship between Countess Anna...
  4. Beast RiderTony Johnston and María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads
    Twelve-year-old Manuel attempts to make a difficult and dangerous journey from Mexico to Los Angeles to reunite with his...
  5. The Old Willis PlaceA Ghost StoryMary Downing Hahn
    Siblings Diana and Georgie are not supposed to talk to strangers or leave the grounds of the house once owned by Lilian...
  6. White FangJack London
    Half dog, half wolf, White Fang struggles to survive in the wilderness — and to navigate the complicated world of...

"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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  • 60 Words"A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift
  • 20 Words"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan
  • 30 Words"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 40 Words"Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell
  • 16 Words"A Quilt of a Country" by Anna Quindlen
  • 50 Words"Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 30 Words"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell
  • 25 Words"Living Like Weasels" by Annie Dillard
  1. George Washington, SpymasterHow the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary WarThomas B. Allen
    In this engrossing nonfiction account, Thomas Allen explains how the colonists used spies, codes, and covert operations...
  2. The Boy on the Wooden BoxHow the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's ListLeon Leyson
    In this memoir, Leyson details how he and his family survived the Holocaust with the help of Oskar Schindler.
  3. Notes of a Native SonJames Baldwin
    In this collection of essays, Baldwin explores literature and film, life in Harlem, his experiences as an expatriate in...
  4. The GeneAn Intimate HistorySiddhartha Mukherjee
    In this engaging work of nonfiction, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee delves into genetics, tracing...
  5. The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin
    In this classic essay, James Baldwin reflects on his youthful experiences and probes America's history of racial...
  6. Warriors Don't CryA Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central HighMelba Pattillo Beals
    In 1957, Melba Pattillo was one of a group of teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In...

"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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  • 10 WordsAnthrop
  • 10 WordsCiv
  • 10 WordsDem
  • 10 WordsEthn
  • 14 WordsGen
  • 10 WordsPopul
  • 10 WordsSoc

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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  • 30 WordsThe Declaration of Independence
  • 35 WordsDeclaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress
  • 15 WordsPreamble to the U.S. Constitution (1787)
  • 40 WordsThe Constitution of the United States
  • 40 WordsThe Bill of Rights
  • 40 WordsThe Federalist Papers, No. 1 by Alexander Hamilton
  • 65 WordsThe Federalist Papers, No. 10 by James Madison
  • 35 WordsThe Federalist Papers, No. 14 by James Madison
  • 40 WordsThe Federalist Papers, No. 51 by James Madison

The Federalist Papers, No. 39 by James Madison

Published on January 18, 1788, this essay argues that the new U.S. government should be a republic...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 1 by Alexander Hamilton

The collection of essays known as The Federalist Papers was written by Alexander Hamilton, James...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 14 by James Madison

Published on November 30, 1787, this essay was a response to Anti-Federalist complaints that the...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 51 by James Madison

Published on February 8, 1788, this essay by Madison advocates for a system of checks and balances...
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The 18th Amendment (1919)

Ratified by Congress on January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment imposed a federal ban on the...
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The 25th Amendment (1967)

Congress ratified the 25th Amendment on February 10, 1967. It lays out the measures to be taken in...
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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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Preamble to the U.S. Constitution (1787)

This introduction to the United States Constitution lays out the foundational principles of 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)

"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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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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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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Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The Military-Industrial Complex" (1961)

As he prepared to leave the office of President in 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a farewell speech...
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  • 13 WordsInstead of "Said": Words for Upbeat Banter
  • 15 WordsInstead of "Said": Vexed Verbiage to Express Anger
  • 15 WordsInstead of "Said": Words for Asking and Offering
  • 17 WordsInstead of "Said": Words For Sad Speech
  • 20 WordsInstead of "Said": Words That Sound Like What They Mean

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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Wasn't Me: The Lingo of Laying Blame

No one will ever rebuke you for your improving your vocabulary, so learn these words that point the...
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Portmanteaus: Vocab Mash-Ups

Portmanteaus are pieced together from the body parts of other words. And while these creative...
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  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: November 2–8, 2019
  • 10 WordsThis Week In Culture: November 2–8, 2019
  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: November 9–15, 2019
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  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: November 23–29, 2019
  • 10 WordsThis Week In Culture: November 23–29, 2019

Andrew Clements (1949-2019) Tribute List

Andrew Clements wrote many children's stories and books — by his own count, over 90 — and won dozens...
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This Week In Culture: November 23–29, 2019

The universe gets an x-ray. Kanye writes an opera. Dolly gets her due. These and other assorted...
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This Week In Words: November 23–29, 2019

A Thanksgiving mega-storm, more impeachment developments, and a proposal for longer school days...
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This Week In Words: November 16–22, 2019

From bans on fracking and vaping, to exciting green tech breakthroughs, to impeachment bombshells —...
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This Week In Culture: November 16–22, 2019

Stories about possible alien life, a theft that wasn't, and some lucky ducks all contributed words...
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This Week In Culture: November 9–15, 2019

Stories about digging pigs, the darkest pigment ever, and a rock star's astonishing hobby all...
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This Week In Words: November 9–15, 2019

Secret groups, "hedgehog hair", a record cold snap, and floods battering Venice: exciting times call...
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This Week In Culture: November 2–8, 2019

Looking for stories about a talking dog, a curved universe, and the insult that defines our era?...
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