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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...
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"The Westing Game," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-7

Where there is a will, there is a motive to solve a murder. In a mystery awarded the Newbery Medal, Ellen Raskin pairs up sixteen different characters to figure out the clues left by Samuel W....
luxury, tenant, authentic, grapple, corpse, asylum, facade, 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...
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Historical Documents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...
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The State of the Union Address 2015

The State of The Union address was delivered on January 20, 2015. President Obama's speech highlighted the middle class and the economy, while also dealing with America's concerns on the global stage....
endure, bustle, reactive, faction, propel, partisan, resilience, more...
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Just for Fun

Words to Capture your Joy

This list celebrates the upside of things- bright skies and smiles, being open to "the prospect of joy." There are many words for unrestrained happiness, many of them involving things that move in...
ebullient, buoyant, exuberant, exultant, jubilant, euphoric, jaunty, more...
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Mario Cuomo (1932-2015) Tribute List

Mario Cuomo, 3-term governor of New York and expert articulator of his party's principles, died on January 1, 2015. Cuomo became a national figure with a series of speeches in 1984, several of which...
eloquence, calamity, affluence, aspiration, mettle, manipulate, prose, more...
12 words
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