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          1. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the SkyKwame Mbalia
            After the death of his best friend, grieving seventh-grader Tristan Strong goes to Alabama to spend a month with his...
          2. The Great Greene HeistVarian Johnson
            Thirteen-year-old Jackson Greene devises a plot to ensure that a bully doesn't win the election for student council...
          3. CandideVoltaire
            In this satirical French novella, a wide-eyed optimist gradually becomes disillusioned. Learn these words from the...
          4. Norse MythologyNeil Gaiman
            In this collection, Neil Gaiman retells Scandinavian myths and legends for a contemporary audience.
          5. The Unmapped SeaThe Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book VMaryrose Wood
            In the fifth book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, the Incorrigibles and their nanny travel to the...
          6. Cat on a Hot Tin RoofTennessee Williams
            This Pulitzer Prize-winning play dramatizes a single evening in the life of the Pollitts, a fractured Mississippi...

          "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 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.
          2. 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...
          3. The GeneAn Intimate HistorySiddhartha Mukherjee
            In this engaging work of nonfiction, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee delves into genetics, tracing...
          4. The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin
            In this classic essay, James Baldwin reflects on his youthful experiences and probes America's history of racial...
          5. 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...
          6. Consider the LobsterDavid Foster Wallace
            In this essay collection, David Foster Wallace muses on everything crustaceans to Franz Kafka.

          "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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          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

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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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          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. 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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          Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

          In 1966, the Supreme Court issued a decision that created a set of rights known as "Miranda rights."...
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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
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          • 15 WordsInstead of "Said": Words for Asking and Offering
          • 17 WordsInstead of "Said": Words For Sad Speech
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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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          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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          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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          This Week In Words: November 2–8, 2019

          Elections, social media surveillance, and climate change: another week of conflict, crisis, and...
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          This Week In Words: October 26–November 1, 2019

          People power was in effect this week, with protests by citizens and employees making news around the...
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          This Week In Culture: October 26–November 1, 2019

          From ancient sculptures to cutting-edge telepathy — with a roundabout detour to the World Series —...
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