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  1. I Wish You All the BestMason Deaver
    After being thrown out of their parents' house, nonbinary teen Ben De Backer moves in with their sister and attempts to...
  2. Clean GetawayNic Stone
    Scoob Lamar goes on an impromptu road trip with his grandma and learns secrets about her life in the segregated South.
  3. As You Like ItWilliam Shakespeare
    In this comedy, various exiles — including Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, her cousin Celia, a nobleman named...
  4. Under a War-Torn SkyL.M. Elliott
    Set during World War II, this novel tells the story of a pilot who attempts to find his way home after his plane is shot...
  5. WishBarbara O'Connor
    Every day, Charlie Reese wishes that her fractured family will reunite — but when she is sent to live with her aunt and...
  6. The StrangersGreystone Secrets, Book 1Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Chess, Natalie, and Finn Greystone attempt to find their missing mother and three kidnapped children.

"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 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...
  2. Amelia LostThe Life and Disappearance of Amelia EarhartCandace Fleming
    This biography explores the life and mysterious disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...

"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

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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  • 10 WordsBrace Yourself: Earthquake Words
  • 12 WordsInferno Lingo: Fire Vocabulary
  • 11 WordsCalamity, Catastrophe, and Crisis: Disaster Words
  • 11 WordsWater Hazard: Words for Too Much Moisture
  • 13 WordsWind Power: The Words Beneath Your Wings

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 1–7, 2020
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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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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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