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  1. My Name Is Not EasyDebby Dahl Edwardson
    In the 1960s, an Iñupiaq boy is sent to a boarding school where he is forbidden from acknowledging his native language...
  2. Under the Blood-Red SunGraham Salisbury
    During World War II, a Japanese-American boy must rely on his baseball teammates when his father and grandfather are...
  3. The Last Fallen StarGraci Kim
    After a magic spell goes awry, Riley must try to find a fallen star in order to save her sister's life.
  4. The Year We Fell From SpaceAmy Sarig King
    Twelve-year-old Liberty finds solace in a new friendship after her parents split up.
  5. A Snake Falls to EarthDarcie Little Badger
    When she was a child, Nina heard stories about shape-shifters from her great-great-grandmother; at 16, Nina encounters a...
  6. ChirpKate Messner
    While healing from a traumatic experience, 12-year-old Mia tries to help her grandmother save her farm.

"The Hill We Climb," by Amanda Gorman

22-year-old Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet in American history when she read her...
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"The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol

In this classic Russian short story, a low-level bureaucrat's life is upended when he attempts to...
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"St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" by Karen Russell

In this short story, the narrator and other girls raised by wolves try to adapt to life in human...
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"The Palace Thief" by Ethan Canin

In this story, a classics teacher at an elite prep school must interrogate his own ethics when he...
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  1. MoneyballThe Art of Winning an Unfair GameMichael Lewis
    This nonfiction book explores how the manager of the Oakland A's built a high-performing team by using a unique set of...
  2. Behind the Beautiful ForeversLife, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai UndercityKatherine Boo
    This award-winning book chronicles the experiences of families living in an impoverished settlement in Mumbai, India.
  3. The Innocents AbroadMark Twain
    In this travelogue, Twain recounts his journey through Europe and the Holy Land.
  4. Run: Book OneJohn Lewis
    In this follow-up to the March trilogy, created with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, John Lewis recounts the efforts of...
  5. Games of DeceptionThe True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's GermanyAndrew Maraniss
    This nonfiction account traces the history of basketball through the U.S. team's first Olympic competition, in pre-World...
  6. TorpedoedThe True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"Deborah Heiligman
    This work of nonfiction tells the story of a German attack on a British ship carrying a group of children during World...

"The Origin of Species by Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin: Essential Words

Charles Darwin expounded his theories on evolution in "The Origin of Species by Natural Selection."...
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"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

George Orwell reflects on imperialism as he recounts an incident that occurred when he was a police...
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"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

In this essay, novelist Amy traces her development as a writer by reflecting on the ways she and her...
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"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This 19th-century transcendentalist essay argues that spending time in nature helps people resist...
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  1. Core Tier 2 VocabularyHigh-Frequency, High-Utility Academic Words
    Mastering these common words is essential success in the classroom and beyond. Students will encounter this foundational...

Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 1

Whether you're hoping to improve your comprehension of reading assignments or simply looking to...
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Essential Academic Vocabulary for High School Students, List 1

Whether you're preparing for a standardized test, hoping to improve your comprehension of reading...
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ASVAB Word Knowledge

The Word Knowledge section of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a vocabulary...
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English Words Derived from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The...
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In the Know: Cogn, Conn

Knowledge is power, so learn these words that derive from the Latin roots cogn and conn, meaning...
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Perfect Ten: Dec, Cent, Mille

These words derive from the Latin roots dec ("ten"), cent ("hundred"), and mille ("thousand"). Start...
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Power Suffix: -scope

Have a close look at this list of words that include the suffix -scope, meaning "an instrument for...
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English Words Derived from Arabic

All of the English words on this lists have Arabic origins. While some, like caliph and imam,...
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Power Suffix: -escence

Learn this list of words that include the suffix -escence, meaning the "process or state of being."
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Power Suffix: -acy

Derived from Latin, the English suffix -acy in English means "the state of" or "the quality or...
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More English Words Derived from Yiddish

English has borrowed many words from Yiddish, which is itself an amalgam of German, Russian, Hebrew...
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  1. Common SenseThomas Paine
    In this pamphlet, Paine urges the American colonists to fight for independence from Great Britain and form a new...

Declaration of the Rights of Woman (1791)

The full title of this declaration includes a focus on citizenship, and it was published two years...
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The Treaty of Paris (1783)

The Treaty of Paris officially concluded the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain....
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Preamble to the U.S. Constitution (1787)

This introduction to the United States Constitution lays out the foundational principles of the...
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"The Declaration of Sentiments" (1848)

The Declaration of Sentiments was presented in July 1848 at the first Women's Rights Convention in...
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President Biden's Inaugural Speech (January 2021)

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United...
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"Ideas Live On" by Benazir Bhutto (2007)

In this speech, Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, argues for the importance of...
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Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" (1863)

At just 272 words long, Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is widely considered to be one of the...
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Beyond Vietnam" (1967)

In this speech, delivered at Riverside Church in New York City, King expresses his opposition to the...
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"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" by Frederick Douglass

In this powerful speech delivered on July 5, 1852, abolitionist Frederick Douglass argued that the...
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Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?" (1863)

Sojourner Truth's speech at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Ohio asked a question that could...
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President Trump's Second State of the Union Address (2019)

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019. The President...
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Figurative Language in King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)

Learn the vocabulary that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to inspire a generation to break free...
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CollectionA World of WordsCelebrate Geography Awareness Week with Essential Vocabulary
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  • 123 WordsPhysical Geography - Introductory
  • 168 WordsWorld Religions
  • 134 WordsHuman Geography - Middle School
  • 85 WordsWorld Cuisine - Introductory
  • 128 WordsAfrica - Introductory
  • 128 WordsEast Asia - Introductory
  • 115 WordsWorld Cuisine - Middle School and High School
  • 207 WordsPhysical Geography - Middle School
  • 219 WordsPhysical Geography - High School
  • 202 WordsHuman Geography - High School
  • 29 WordsPolitical Geography - Middle School
  • 55 WordsPolitical Geography - High School
  • 98 WordsCanada - Introductory
  • 115 WordsCanada - Middle School and High School
  • 92 WordsMexico - Introductory
  • 138 WordsMexico - Middle School
  • 140 WordsMexico - High School
  • 165 WordsThe United States
  • 110 WordsSouth America - Introductory
  • 145 WordsSouth America - Middle School
  • 148 WordsSouth America - High School
  • 102 WordsCentral America and the Caribbean - Introductory
  • 152 WordsCentral America and the Caribbean - Middle School and High School
  • 84 WordsEastern Europe - Introductory
  • 136 WordsEastern Europe - Middle School and High School
  • 102 WordsRussia - Introductory
  • 149 WordsRussia - Middle School and High School
  • 165 WordsWestern Europe - Introductory
  • 252 WordsWestern Europe - Middle School and High School
  • 275 WordsAfrica - Middle School
  • 278 WordsAfrica - High School
  • 110 WordsSoutheast Asia - Introductory
  • 170 WordsSoutheast Asia - Middle School
  • 171 WordsSoutheast Asia - High School
  • 110 WordsAustralia and New Zealand - Introductory
  • 128 WordsAustralia and New Zealand - Middle School and High School
  • 54 WordsPacific Islands - Introductory
  • 84 WordsPacific Islands - Middle School and High School
  • 156 WordsThe Middle East and Central Asia - Introductory
  • 261 WordsThe Middle East and Central Asia - Middle School
  • 265 WordsThe Middle East and Central Asia - High School
  • 125 WordsSouth Asia - Introductory
  • 178 WordsSouth Asia - Middle School and High School
  • 186 WordsEast Asia - Middle School
  • 187 WordsEast Asia - High School

Material World: Shopping Lingo

Attention, Holiday Shoppers! Stock up on these words related to consumer culture. They're a real...
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Eat Your Words

We’ve all been advised to not talk with our mouths full. It makes you wonder why there are so many...
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In a Pickle: Words for When You're in Trouble

When you’ve painted yourself in a corner, stirred up a hornet’s nest, or put yourself between a rock...
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Be Nice!

Whether you're making a special effort to practice kindness — or thanking someone else for a...
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Veterans Day Vocabulary

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th in the United States as a day to honor all military...
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Election Lingo

Vote for vocabulary! Learn these words associated with elections.
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Flying High: Aviation Words

Is your vocabulary on autopilot? Learn these terms related to aviation, and you'll soar to new...
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Baseball: A Lexicon

From spring training and opening day right up through the World Series, baseball (a.k.a. our...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for November 27–December 3, 2021

Stories about a dog rescued from a tortoise burrow, a fire-eating fungus, and a search for...
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Stephen Sondheim (1930–2021) Tribute List

Stephen Sondheim was one of the most influential composers and lyricists in American musical...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for November 20–November 26, 2021

Stories about a Thanksgiving parade, humpback whales, and a lunar eclipse all contributed words to...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for November 13–November 19, 2021

Stories about a recovered teddy bear, a new Muppet, and a cotton candy lobster all contributed words...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for November 6–November 12, 2021

Stories about a fish with terrifying teeth, Teslas gone haywire, and an intrepid 83-year-old hiker...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for October 30–November 5, 2021

Stories about an abundance of avocados, an award-winning bat, and a massive skyscraper all...
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November Vocabulary Words

November was the ninth month in the Roman calendar — novem is "nine" in Latin — and it's stuffed...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for October 16–October 22, 2021

Stories about a gentle dinosaur, a cabbage-sized meteorite, and a 900-year-old sword all contributed...
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