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Vocabulary Lists

Test Prep

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know

American Heritage Dictionaries normally feature about 70,000 entries. From that multitude, the editors have chosen 100 words that are neither obscure nor outlandish that could give middle schoolers...
adversary, aplomb, apprehensive, aptitude, attentive, banish, barricade, more...
100 words


"All The Light We Cannot See" Vocabulary List

Anthony Doerr's "All The Light We Cannot See" is a wide-ranging novel of Europe in World War II. As it switches between Paris and Germany, the reader senses that the sadness and helplessness these...
rampart, ravine, incendiary, discern, abscess, spire, parapet, more...
33 words

Morphology & Roots

Power Suffix: -fy

Learn these words that contain the suffix "-fy", which means "to make into."
vilify, mollify, pacify, stultify, deify, reify, satisfy, more...
13 words

Historical Documents

"While the World Watched," Vocabulary from the Introduction-Chapter 5

While the world watched, September 15, 1963 became a traumatic day that fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull (now also McKinstry) struggled to live past and understand. Read "While the World Watched: A...
inhumane, segregated, castrate, confrontation, ingrained, mandatory, racist, more...
35 words


Obama, on the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

On March 7th, 2015, President Obama spoke at a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday,” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they...
veteran, tactics, anticipation, verse, weary, destiny, symbolize, more...
68 words

Just for Fun

Leadership Vocabulary

guidance, initiative, stewardship, auspices, advocacy, aegis, mentor, more...
15 words


"An Awful Human Trade," Vocabulary from the news article

"In West Africa, an alleged slave-ship snafu reflects the trauma of an ongoing business of marketing children as forced labor." This is the subtitle from an April 30, 2001 Time article by Simon...
tattered, bustle, accessory, estimate, domestic, plantation, traffic, more...
20 words
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