Dept. of Word Lists

On Vocabulary.com, we've got hundreds of learnable vocabulary lists for all of the books most commonly taught in schools. We're always keeping track of the most popular books that are being assigned to kids, to make sure that teachers will have the resources they need. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Teaching, Books, Reading
How do you get kids, especially younger ones, aware of the importance of word learning? Through stories, of course. And there's no better place to start than with Debra Frasier's award-winning classic Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Teaching, Vocabulary
We love dramatic vocabulary moments in film and fiction, like this one in Veronica Roth's Insurgent, the second novel in the Divergent series, and we can only hope this dramatic introduction of the definition of insurgent (complete with part of speech!) it will make it into the Insurgent movie, coming to theaters this week. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Vocabulary
Short and spare, and following a two-and-a-half-hour oration that had brought listeners to tears, The Gettysburg Address received only polite applause when Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech. Of course, it has since come to be considered one of our country's defining statements of national values. Continue reading...
At a time when every civilized man carried a sonnet to his secret lover tucked into a back pocket, Shakespeare's sonnets out-swooned every other swoon-seeker's, and Sonnet 116 "Let me not to the marriage of true minds," has remained a favorite of lovers everywhere. For Valentine's Day, master some tricky words using our Sonnet 116 Vocabulary List. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Vocabulary
Our To Kill a Mockingbird interactive word lists are among our most popular. But there's another kind of vocabulary you'll find in To Kill a Mockingbird: Southern-inflected words that testify to the more-defined regional nature of American English as it was spoken three quarters of a century ago. And with the news that Harper Lee will release a recently rediscovered novel written previous to To Kill a Mockingbird, we can only hope to find a rich store of Southern-inflected words there as well. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Books, Vocabulary, Words
The cold temperatures outside are nothing compared to the chill of a social freeze. Whether it's in a school, office, or neighborhood, the feeling of getting frozen out of a group or a relationship is a feeling so dreadful most of us avoid it at all costs. But it lives large enough in our imaginations that our collective vocabulary is filled with words to describe it. Continue reading...
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