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  • 15 WordsStairway To Leaven: Baking Vocabulary
  • 25 WordsThe Melting Pot: Food Words from Other Languages
  • 22 WordsA Culinary Vocabulary Sampler
  • 18 WordsPestle, Sieve, and Whisk: Useful Words for Cooking Tools
  • 15 WordsBlanch, Poach, and Scald: Cooking Methods
  • 10 WordsWe the People: Anthrop
  • 69 WordsHuman Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory
  • 117 WordsHuman Anatomy and Physiology - Middle School
  • 162 WordsHuman Anatomy and Physiology - High School
  • 291 WordsPsychology
  • 55 WordsPsychological Conditions and Disorders
  • 45 WordsGenetics - Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 82 WordsGenetics - Middle School
  • 102 WordsGenetics - High School
  • 28 WordsEvolutionary Biology - Introductory
  • 47 WordsEvolutionary Biology - Middle School
  • 51 WordsEvolutionary Biology - High School
  • 40 WordsEvolutionary Biology - Adaptation
  • 33 WordsEvolutionary BIology - Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity - Middle School
  • 35 WordsEvolutionary BIology - Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity - High School
  • 30 Words"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 30 Words"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain
  1. More Happy Than NotAdam Silvera
    A teenager considers a radical memory-altering procedure to help deal with his father's death and challenging...
  2. This Is Where It EndsMarieke Nijkamp
    This harrowing novel provides a minute-by-minute account of a school shooting.
  3. Mirror, MirrorA Twisted Tale, Book 10Jen Calonita
    In this re-imagining of the Snow White story, Snow attempts to rescue her kingdom from the Evil Queen.
  4. A Heart in a Body in the WorldDeb Caletti
    After suffering a trauma, high school student Annabelle Agnelli decides to run 2,700 miles from Seattle to Washington,...
  5. Frankly in LoveDavid Yoon
    Frank Li knows that his conservative Korean parents will not approve of the girl he is dating, so he and friend Joy Song...
  6. DigA.S. King
    Five cousins from an unconventional family try to reestablish ties while uncovering family secrets.

"Easter, 1916" by W.B. Yeats

In this poem by William Butler Yeats, the speaker reflects on the failed Irish uprising against the...
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"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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  1. Free LunchRex Ogle
    In this memoir, Rex Ogle recounts his family's struggles with poverty, hunger, and violence.
  2. Ordinary HazardsA MemoirNikki Grimes
    In this memoir, told in verse, poet Nikki Grimes explores her traumatic childhood and the development of her love of...
  3. The Beloved World of Sonia SotomayorSonia Sotomayor
    In this memoir, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her childhood in the South Bronx, her education and early work as a lawyer, and...
  4. Amelia LostThe Life and Disappearance of Amelia EarhartCandace Fleming
    This biography explores the life and mysterious disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.
  5. 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...
  6. 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...

"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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  • 18 WordsEnglish Food and Drink Words Derived from Arabic
  • 15 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Hindi
  • 15 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Yiddish
  • 15 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Gaelic
  • 15 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Indigenous Languages of the Americas
  • 10 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Old Norse
  • 22 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Arabic
  • 15 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Quechua
  • 15 WordsEnglish Words Derived from Nahuatl
  • 15 WordsMore English Words Derived from Yiddish

Power Suffix: -scope

Have a close look at this list of words that include the suffix -scope, meaning "an instrument for...
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English Words Derived from Arabic

All of the English words on this lists have Arabic origins. While some, like caliph and imam,...
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Power Suffix: -escence

Learn this list of words that include the suffix -escence, meaning the "process or state of being."
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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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  • 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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  • 19 WordsSet, Hut! Football Vocabulary
  • 16 WordsDefense, Dribble, and Dunk: Basketball Lingo
  • 12 WordsThe Smashing Lexicon of Tennis
  • 20 WordsBaseball: A Lexicon

Stump Speech: Tree Terminology

Turn over a new lexical leaf and branch out with this list of arboreal vocabulary. Learning these...
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Exemptions, Deductions, and Loopholes: Tax Day Vocabulary

Tax Day, April 15th, is the second most dreaded day of the year — next to Doomsday. The language of...
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For Grilled Cheese Day, Vocab with a Twist

National Grilled Cheese Day is celebrated on April 12. To show our appreciation for this iconic...
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Tricky Terms for April Fool's Day

You'd be a fool not to learn these words related to pranks, jokes, and deceit. For more on the...
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Awkward Moments

Whether you've said the wrong thing or tripped in front of a room full of people, we've all...
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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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  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: February 29–March 6, 2020
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  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: March 14–20, 2020
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  • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: March 21–27, 2020
  • 10 WordsThis Week In Culture: March 21–27, 2020

This Week In Words: March 21–27, 2020

Most of the news these days relates in one way or another to the pandemic, and this list contains...
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This Week In Culture: March 21–27, 2020

Some suggestions for activities to enjoy at home, some posts by celebrities to entertain you, and...
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This Week In Culture: February 22–28, 2020

A tennis star retires, a jazz genius inspires, and a math great passes on — these and other stories...
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This Week In Words: February 22–28, 2020

A lot of coronavirus stories from different angles — economic, political, and of course, medical —...
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This Week In Culture: February 8–14, 2020

Some far-out space stories, a foldable smartphone, and the mystery behind the world's oldest woman...
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This Week In Words: February 8–14, 2020

Are you up to speed on the Democratic primaries, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the so-called "coup of...
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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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