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"Into the Wild," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-7

Be drawn "Into the Wild" through the words of Jon Krakauer as he retraces the steps of Alexander Supertramp, also known as Christopher McCandless, who chose to disappear from a safe and orderly life....
unsullied, infallibility, derelict, contumacious, autopsy, mawkish, estranged, encrypt, contrite, more...
40 words

"Bronx Masquerade," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

Set in a high school English classroom, "Bronx Masquerade" removes the masks from students as they step up to an open mike every Friday to share their poems. In this novel, Nikki Grimes, born and...
convince, defer, venture, seep, innocence, censor, brutality, routine, commence, more...
30 words

"The Odyssey," Vocabulary from Books 1-7

An odyssey now refers to any long wandering and eventful journey. But despite including encounters with an angry god, a one-eyed monster, and a man-changing witch, the ancient Greek poet Homer was not...
valor, affliction, baleful, din, glutton, rapine, eligible, havoc, lavish, more...
40 words

"A Confederacy of Dunces," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

No one knows for sure how New Orleans got the nickname of "The Big Easy" but the main character of John Kennedy Toole's novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" seems to be on a quest to embody the...
supercilious, abstruse, flagrant, waning, indictment, stench, chauffeur, effrontery, spurious, more...
40 words

"The Cay," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Published in 1969 after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Cay" is a call for cooperation among humans. Theodore Taylor develops this theme by setting his plot in the middle of a world...
crude, galleon, schooner, appeal, aviation, leeward, refuse, depend, mutiny, more...
30 words

Some Helpful Poetry Terms

One of the stumbling blocks when trying to study poetry is that it seems like a different world. Familiar things, like words, are put to unfamiliar use, and there is an entire descriptive vocabulary...
alliteration, allusion, apostrophe, assonance, caesura, consonance, couplet, enjambment, hyperbole, more...
24 words

"Counting by 7s," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-15

The name Willow Chance sounds like it belongs to a girl whose life is filled with the unpredictability of natural and human events. This is the case for the twelve-year-old main character of Holly...
obsess, foreclosure, correlation, abdomen, ethnic, syndrome, myopia, intensity, rigor, more...
40 words

"Of Mice and Men," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-2

"The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!" Find out how these lines of the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns inspired the...
juncture, recumbent, restless, scowl, periscope, pantomime, contemplate, carp, mimic, more...
25 words
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