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      1. The Horse and His BoyC.S. Lewis
        This installment of The Chronicles of Narnia follows the adventures of a runaway boy and a talking horse.
      2. The Silver ChairC.S. Lewis
        Two children, Eustace and Jill, go on a quest to find the missing son of King Caspian of Narnia.
      3. Shouting at the RainLynda Mullaly Hunt
        Growing up on Cape Cod, Delsie tries to weather stormy relationships with friends and family.
      4. Kiss Number 8Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
        In this graphic novel, Mads's idyllic life is upended when she must come to terms with a surprising family secret and a...
      5. Out of SalemHal Schrieve
        Z, a witch-turned-zombie, and Aysel, a werewolf, befriend one another when they are shunned by members of their...
      6. The Midwife's ApprenticeKaren Cushman
        In medieval England, an orphaned girl named Brat becomes an apprentice to Jane Sharp, the local midwife.

      "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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      "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d" by Walt Whitman

      Whitman wrote this elegy, or poem of mourning, in response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln....
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      1. 1919The Year That Changed AmericaMartin W. Sandler
        This book by award-winning historian Martin W. Sandler focuses on a pivotal year in American history, exploring social...
      2. Most DangerousDaniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam WarSteve Sheinkin
        In this suspenseful and meticulously researched book, Steve Sheinkin brings the Vietnam War era to life by focusing on...
      3. The Other SideStories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the BorderJuan Pablo Villalobos
        In this collection of essays translated by Rosalind Harvey, Juan Pablo Villalobos records the true stories of Latin...
      4. My Life with the ChimpanzeesJane Goodall
        In this memoir, primatologist Jane Goodall recounts her childhood love of animals and her work with chimpanzees in...
      5. A Room of One's OwnVirginia Woolf
        Based on lectures that Woolf delivered at Cambridge, this essay argues that women need financial independence and...
      6. AmericanizedRebel Without a Green CardSara Saedi
        In this memoir, Sara Saedi describes her shocking discovery as a young teen that she was an undocumented immigrant and...

      "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"
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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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      • 21 WordsWords to Live By: Bio
      • 20 WordsPlay by the Rules: Arch
      • 15 WordsBreak It Down: Cata
      • 15 WordsTo Thine Own Self Be True: Auto
      • 25 WordsWrite On!: Graph and Gram
      • 14 WordsThe Mother of All Lists: Mater, Matr
      • 18 WordsIt's About Time: Chron and Temp
      • 14 WordsAll You Need is Love: Amor and Phil
      • 16 WordsSpeak Your Mind: Anim
      • 10 WordsWalk the Walk: Amb
      • 18 WordsTwists and Turns: Tor
      • 12 WordsGood Grief!: Grav, Griev
      • 22 WordsMake a Run for It: Cur, Curs
      • 29 WordsCase Closed: Clud, Clus
      • 18 WordsBelieve It or Not: Cred
      • 30 WordsSend a Message: Mit and Miss
      • 16 WordsMake a Break for It: Rupt
      • 10 WordsLet There Be Light: Lum and Luc
      • 30 WordsLead the Way: Duc and Duct
      • 18 WordsMake Do: Fac
      • 20 WordsYou Be the Judge: Jud, Jur, Jus
      • 20 WordsFighting Words: Belli and Milit
      • 16 WordsStay Strong: Forc and Fort
      • 24 WordsYou Can Say That Again: Dic and Dict
      • 15 WordsGive Me a Break!: Fract and Frag
      • 15 WordsAgainst All Odds: Contra and Counter
      • 20 WordsTake the Bad with the Good: Bene and Mal
      • 14 WordsThe Write Stuff: Scrib, Script
      • 22 WordsNot Your Father's Word List: Pater, Patr
      • 24 WordsShape Up: Form

      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 Suffixes: -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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      Good Grief!: Grav, Griev

      Weigh in on this list of words derived from the Latin gravare, meaning "to make heavy" or "to cause...
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      • 35 WordsBrown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)
      • 35 WordsDred Scott v. Sandford (1857)
      • 45 WordsMiranda v. Arizona (1966)
      • 40 WordsNew York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964)
      • 35 WordsTexas v. Johnson (1989)
      • 30 WordsSchenck v. United States (1919)
      • 40 WordsUnited States v. Nixon (1974)
      • 35 WordsKorematsu v. United States (1944)
      • 35 WordsPlessy v. Ferguson (1896)
      • 40 WordsMarbury v. Madison (1803)
      • 40 WordsRoe v. Wade (1973)

      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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      The Declaration of Independence

      The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 by the Second Continental Congress in...
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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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      • 19 WordsSet, Hut! Football Vocabulary
      • 16 WordsDefense, Dribble, and Dunk: Basketball Lingo
      • 12 WordsThe Smashing Lexicon of Tennis
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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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      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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      Portmanteaus: Vocab Mash-Ups

      Portmanteaus are pieced together from the body parts of other words. And while these creative...
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      Music to My Ears: Instrumental Vocab

      Listen up! We've assembled a collection of words for unusual musical instruments that will either...
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      The Sweltering Words of Summer

      Looking for a variety of words to choose from when complaining about how hot it is? You're in luck!...
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      Words from the 4th of July Songbook

      There are so many things about the 4th of July that are familiar — the flags, the fireworks, the...
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      Face It: Selfie Vocab

      Let's face it. Long before smart phones and social media, people have been preoccupied with the way...
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      • 10 WordsThis Week In Words: September 28–October 4, 2019
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      This Week In Culture, September 28–October 4, 2019

      Here are some of our favorite words and stories from the lighter side of the news spectrum,...
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      This Week In Words: September 28–October 4, 2019

      From a restive region in Pakistan to a raucous response from reactionaries in the climate wars,...
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      This Week in Culture: September 21–27, 2019

      From gilded gowns at the Emmy Awards to globe-trotting royals grappling with social justice issues...
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      This Week in Words: September 21–27, 2019

      From a teen activist who excoriated world leaders to an ovine solution to renewable energy, here's...
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      This Week in Words: September 14–20, 2019

      From caustic substances to ominous skies, here's a collection of current events and the words that...
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      This Week In Culture: September 14–20, 2019

      This week's culture news covered alcoves and echolocation, tributes and troubadours. Here are a few...
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      This Week In Culture, September 7–13, 2019

      We've scoured this week's arts, tech, and sports news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from...
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      This Week In Words: September 7–13, 2019

      We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, and discussed in the news this week. Take a look back at...
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