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"The Other Wes Moore," Vocabulary from the Introduction-Part I

The subtitle is "One Name, Two Fates." The author Wes Moore had just been named a Rhodes Scholar when he read a newspaper article about a man who was convicted for killing a cop. In addition to having...
inflection, phalanx, naive, presumptuous, chaotic, heinous, accountability, elicit, mollify, view list...
40 words

"Seabiscuit," Vocabulary from the Preface-Chapter 6

You can bet that this list will surprise you with the words Laura Hillenbrand uses to describe how a half-blind and crippled jockey transforms a sleepy, crooked-legged horse into "An American Legend."...
adulation, parlay, unmitigated, cacophony, coiffure, attrition, aplomb, recalcitrant, smattering, view list...
40 words

"Much Ado About Nothing," Vocabulary from Act 1

Much ado means a whole lot of trouble and confusion in the comedy by William Shakespeare (etext found here). Do this list to find out which characters cause ado and whether they get their dues. This...
victual, valiant, skirmish, halting, pestilence, encounter, sorrow, disdain, pernicious, view list...
25 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, bastion, drone, view list...
33 words

"On Turning Ten," Vocabulary from the poem

Former New York State Poet and two-time Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins takes on the voice of a child to revisit the melancholy feeling of entering the double-digit years. etext found...
psyche, disfigure, simplicity, complexity, invisible, solemnly, drain, universe, imaginary, view list...
10 words

"Black Like Me," Vocabulary from Oct 28 - Nov 8, 1959

John Howard Griffin was not born black. But after many doses of a drug and hours under an ultraviolet lamp, his skin was dark enough to pass as black. Then he spent six weeks traveling throughout the...
discrimination, harmonious, plight, resentment, repulsive, jurisdiction, hubbub, garish, bigot, view list...
40 words

"The Landlady," Vocabulary from the short story

Roald Dahl takes a 17-year-old boy named Billy to an eery bed and breakfast. Check out this list to catch the hints that the character missed or misread. etext found here
decent, congenial, rapacious, peculiar, compel, fantastic, particular, earnestly, proceeding, view list...
25 words

"The Scholarship Jacket," Vocabulary from the short story

Marta Salinas describes what a scholarship jacket means for an eighth grade Mexican girl in a small Texas town.
valedictorian, agile, despair, eavesdrop, filter, coincidence, dismay, dignity, represent, view list...
20 words
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