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"March: Book Three," Vocabulary

This final volume of John Lewis's autobiographical trilogy reveals insights into many of the civil rights acts of the time. Senator Lewis' graphic memoir takes the reader along as he recalls his experiences with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the march from Selma to Montgomery, the Freedom Summer in Mississippi, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A vocabulary list for MARCH: BOOK ONE is at https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/1225633
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"The War of the Worlds," Vocabulary from Book 1: Chapters 1-7

Reporting on a Martian invasion, these words from the narrator created by H.G. Wells gripped readers' imaginations in terrifying and inspiring ways. This list focuses on intelligence. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Book 1: Chapters 1-7, Book 1: Chapters 8-12, Book 1: Chapters 13-17, Book 2: Chapters 1-4, Book 2: Chapters 5-10 Here is a link to the full text: The War of the Worlds
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"The Handmaid's Tale," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-12

Through a first-person narrator whose identity is questionable, Margaret Atwood speculates on what America would be like if it were governed by a totalitarian theocracy. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-12, Chapters 13-23, Chapters 24-30, Chapters 31-39, Chapters 40-46
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"Ivanhoe," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-8

Images of medieval England were popularized by Walter Scott through his portrayal of knights, kings, and outlaws. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-8, Chapters 9-17, Chapters 18-27, Chapters 28-36, Chapters 37-44 Here is a link to the full text: Ivanhoe: A Romance
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"The Color Purple," Vocabulary from Preface-page 53

Confronting adversity in rural Georgia, the characters created by award-winning author Alice Walker find strength in God and sisterhood. Here are links to our lists for the epistolary novel: Preface-page 53, pages 54-110, pages 111-167, pages 168-225, pages 226-288
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"Purple Hibiscus," Vocabulary from Palm Sunday-page 54

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes lives falling apart from religious, political, and familial conflicts in Nigeria. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Palm Sunday-page 54, pages 55-109, pages 110-181, pages 182-253, After Palm Sunday-The Present
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"What Maisie Knew," Vocabulary from Introduction-Chapter 8

What can a young child know about the actions and desires of adults? Find out through the words of the omniscient narrator created by Henry James. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Introduction-Chapter 8, Chapters 9-16, Chapters 17-24, Chapters 25-31 Here is a link to the full text: What Maisie Knew
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"Echo," Vocabulary from Germany

Echoes of folktales and history surround the war-torn lives of three children Pam Munoz Ryan connects with a magical harmonica. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Germany, Pennsylvania, California-New York
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"A Thousand Splendid Suns," Vocabulary from Part 1

Khaled Hosseini shines the light on two Afghan women whose lives and goals merge through an abusive husband. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4-Afterword
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"Monster," Vocabulary from Pages 1-172

"Monster" tackles justice, mystery, and a teenager's personal experience. Learn these words from award-winning author Walter Dean Myers's book. Here are our lists for this novel: Pages 1-172, Pages 172-281
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"Maniac Magee," Vocabulary from Before the Story-Part I

Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli used these words to describe the issues surrounding a homeless orphan in a racially divided town. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Before the Story-Part I, Part II, Part III
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"A Long Way from Chicago," Vocabulary from Prologue-1930

In eight different stories, award-winning writer Richard Peck shows how summers with Grandma are adventures that can never be forgotten. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue-1930, 1931-1933, 1934-1942
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"The Pit and the Pendulum," Vocabulary from the short story

These terrifying words from Edgar Allan Poe deliver a sentence of death. Here are links to our lists for other texts by Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Purloined Letter, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, The Raven. To sharpen your knowledge of Poe some more, proceed here.
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"Hard Times," Vocabulary from Book the First

Learn the words used by Charles Dickens to criticize 19th century English industrial society. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Book the First, Book the Second, Book the Third Here is a link to the full text: Hard Times
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"Hoot," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Wise up with these words so you can also give a hoot about the events in this whodunit by Carl Hiaasen. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-17, Chapter 18-Epilogue
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"A Long Way Gone," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Recruited by the army at 13, Ishmael Beah survived the civil war in Sierra Leone and turned to words to fight against the use of child soldiers. Here are links to our lists for the memoir: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15, Chapters 16-21
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"The Double Helix," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Learn these words from James D. Watson's personal account of the discovery of the helical structure of DNA. Here are the links to our lists from the scientific text: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-14, Chapters 15-22, Chapters 23-Epilogue
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"The Taming of the Shrew," Vocabulary from Induction

With these words, identify attitudes of love and marriage in the comedy by William Shakespeare. This list focuses on fun. Here are links to our lists for the play: Induction, Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5 Here is a link to the etext: The Taming of the Shrew
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"March," Vocabulary from Book One

Here is a list of 35 words taken from "March" -- an award-winning graphic novel chronicling Congressman John Lewis's account of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
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"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Vocabulary from Chapters 2-103

Multiply your vocabulary with these 3 lists of 43 words each. Then you'll know the logic of the narrator developed by Mark Haddon. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 2-103, Chapters 107-181, Chapters 191-233
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"Life Is So Good," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Think positively with these words from George Dawson, who told Richard Glaubman about his "extraordinary journey through the 20th Century and how he learned to read at age 98." Here are links to our lists for the memoir: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-18, Chapters 19-24
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"The Great Gilly Hopkins," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

Learn the words award-winning writer Katherine Paterson used to describe Gilly, the title character, and her life. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12, Chapters 13-15
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"The Hound of the Baskervilles," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

With these words from Arthur Conan Doyle, track a detective and doctor as they investigate a seemingly supernatural death. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15 To find the source, look here Follow these links for other clues: The Five Orange Pips, The Red-Headed League For more mysterious traces, examine this: Think Like Sherlock
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"Catch-22," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-7

Mission: Target these 44 words, and then 220 more to relive the wartime experiences of the characters created by Joseph Heller. This list focuses on madness. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-7, Chapters 8-14, Chapters 15-21, Chapters 22-28, Chapters 29-35, Chapters 36-42
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"Orbiting Jupiter," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-2

Feel the pull of the words Gary D. Schmidt used to create a narrator who is affected by the heartbreaks of his 14-year-old foster brother. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-2, Chapters 3-4, Chapters 5-6, Chapters 7-9
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