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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


"The Contender," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

"Before you can be a champion, you have to be a contender." Go through some rounds with this list to find out what Robert Lipsyte's main character considers worth fighting for. Here are links to our...
twilight, transistor, stoop, perpetual, stench, synagogue, undertaker, more...
35 words

Morphology & Roots

More English Words that Derive from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 more common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The fate of the people who spoke these languages varies greatly, from tribes lost to history that we...
ipecac, cashew, cayenne, pirana, cougar, Petunia, pecan, more...
15 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Historical Documents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

Sam Simon (1955-2015) Tribute List

Sam Simon, who had an exceptional career as a writer and producer on television, died on March 9, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Among his many other credits, Simon was the unsung hero on the...
incorrigible, behoove, hackneyed, pitiless, contraband, lavish, poise, more...
10 words


The Measles Outbreak - What to Know

In the Chicago Tribune article "Doctors, Talk Tough on Measles," Cory Franklin traces the measles back to a nineteenth century outbreak in the South Pacific, discusses what this has in common with the...
affluent, devastate, epidemic, lack, missionary, eradication, vaccine, more...
15 words
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