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"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

"Tangerine," Vocabulary from Part 1

Sports and trees are often used in metaphors about life. Leaf through the pages of the novel "Tangerine" to see Edward Bloor's lively images of soccer, football, and fruit. Then practice these lists...
exposure, dominant, sensation, impact, specific, obsessed, eclipse, incapable, materialize, more...
30 words

"Taste of Salt," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Brace yourself for the emotional impact of the words of a young man who is dying and a young woman who is struggling to live in Frances Temple's "Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti." Here are...
vendor, commotion, bludgeon, swell, ease, fury, rue, hover, jagged, more...
25 words

"O Captain! My Captain!" -- Vocabulary from the poem

Walt Whitman's famous "O Captain! My Captain!" is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln at the end of the Civil War and a mournful remembrance after the President's assassination (etext found here).
fearful, weather, sought, exult, steady, grim, fling, trill, wreath, more...
16 words

"Jane Eyre," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Charlotte Bronte's heroine "Jane Eyre" defies the stereotype of the docile Victorian woman and shines as a fully realized person who jumps off the page at a time when women were often portrayed as...
antipathy, infliction, impudence, pungent, liable, ignominy, reproach, repent, aversion, more...
30 words

"Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

"Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" is the first book in a series by Jack Gantos that features a main character with ADHD (another title is "The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza"). Direct your attention to...
depend, hesitate, steep, recognize, responsible, wreck, innocent, ancient, scald, more...
30 words

"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

Mark Twain's classic is about, among other things, friendship and freedom on the Mississippi River (etext found here). Learn these word lists based on the classic novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18,...
fetch, satisfied, considerable, advantage, reckon, monstrous, skiff, mention, ignorant, more...
30 words
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