Vocabulary Lists

Literature

"Frankenstein," Vocabulary from Letter 1-Chapter 4

See the words that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley used to bring her nightmare to life, and discover who Frankenstein really is and how he fits the subtitle of "The Modern Prometheus" (etext found here). Learn this list that focuses on discovery. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Letter 1-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-9, Chapters 10-14, Chapters 15-19, Chapters 20-24
30 Words

"Death, be not proud" by John Donne

This poem is one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, a series of nineteen connected poems in which Donne explores his spiritual devotion. Read the poem here. Here are links to our lists for other poems by John Donne: "The Canonization", "The Flea", "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning", "Song: Go and catch a falling star", "The Sun Rising"
14 Words

"To an Athlete Dying Young" by A. E. Housman

This poem commemorates the early death of a young athlete. The speaker notes that, because the athlete died in the prime of his life, he will always be remembered as youthful and victorious.
14 Words

"Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This narrative poem, written in a meter that recalls the sound of a galloping horse’s hooves, tells the apocryphal story of Paul Revere warning colonial Americans of a looming British invasion. Read the poem here.
25 Words

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's uplifting poem affirms the power of resilience, self-love, and joy in the face of oppression. Read the poem here. Here are links to our lists for other works by Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Pulse of Morning
16 Words

"Digging" by Seamus Heaney

After watching his father digging outside, the speaker of this poem compares his father's labor to his own work as a writer. Read the text here.
16 Words

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

The speaker of this poem, who is mourning a lost love, is visited in the night by a raven who speaks a single word: "Nevermore." Read the poem here.
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"Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

In Tennyson's poem, the hero Ulysses (Odysseus) has returned from his voyages but longs for new adventures. Read the text here.
32 Words

"Morning Song" by Sylvia Plath

This poem explores the alienation that the speaker feels after the birth of her baby. Read the text here.
15 Words

"A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman

The speaker of this poem observes a spider using its silk to explore its surroundings and then compares his soul to the title arachnid. Read the full text of the poem here.
12 Words

"Birches" by Robert Frost

The speaker of this poem recalls his childhood pastime of climbing and swinging from birch trees. Read the poem here. Here are our lists for other poems by Robert Frost: "The Death of the Hired Man", "After Apple-Picking", "Mending Wall", "Out, Out—"
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"Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson

The speaker of Dickinson’s poem imagines riding in a carriage with Death and viewing scenes out of the window. Read the text here.
15 Words

"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, Chapters 0027-0039

In this science fiction novel, gamer Wade Watts goes on a quest for riches in a virtual reality simulation called the OASIS. To find the prize hidden by the eccentric creator of the OASIS, Wade must solve a series of puzzles based on 80s pop culture. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 0000-0002, Chapters 0003-0008, Chapters 0009-0017, Chapters 0018-0026, Chapters 0027-0039
45 Words

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli, Chapters 1-7

In this funny and heartwarming novel, sixteen-year-old Simon Spier finds himself in the middle of a real-life drama when a classmate threatens to expose his secrets. Learn these words from Becky Albertalli's award-winning debut. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-7, Chapters 8-14, Chapters 15-21, Chapters 22-28, Chapters 29-35 Here is a link to our lists for Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.
35 Words

"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, Chapters 1-3

Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel details the adventures of the precocious Murry children as they travel across space and time to track down their missing father. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12
25 Words

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 20-27

Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life in a televised survival competition. Learn these words from the first book of Suzanne Collins's dystopian trilogy. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-19, Chapters 20-27 Here are links to our lists for other books by Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
40 Words

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 13-19

Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life in a televised survival competition. Learn these words from the first book of Suzanne Collins's dystopian trilogy. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-19, Chapters 20-27 Here are links to our lists for other books by Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
40 Words

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 7-12

Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life in a televised survival competition. Learn these words from the first book of Suzanne Collins's dystopian trilogy. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-19, Chapters 20-27 Here are links to our lists for other books by Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
40 Words

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 1-6

Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life in a televised survival competition. Learn these words from the first book of Suzanne Collins's dystopian trilogy. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-19, Chapters 20-27 Here are links to our lists for other books by Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
40 Words

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, Chapters 1-2

Oscar Wilde scandalized Victorian audiences with this macabre story of a man who trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-2, Chapters 3-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-11, Chapters 12-20
40 Words

"The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare, Induction

In this comedy, a wealthy lord refuses to allow his younger daughter to marry unless her willful older sister gets married first. Here are links to our lists for the play: Induction, Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, Act V
35 Words

"Every Day" by David Levithan, Day 5994-Day 6000

Every day, A wakes up in a different body—but what happens when A falls in love? Author David Levithan explores the nature of identity in this thought-provoking novel. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Day 5994-Day 6000, Day 6001-Day 6007, Day 6008-Day 6021, Day 6022-Day 6034 Here is a link to our lists for Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.
45 Words

"All American Boys," Vocabulary from Friday - Saturday (List 1)

This novel by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely tells the story of Rashad and Quinn, two teenagers whose lives are changed after an incident of police brutality divides their community. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Friday-Saturday (List 1), Sunday-Monday (List 2), Tuesday-Wednesday (List 3), Thursday-Friday (List 4) Here are links to our lists for other books by Jason Reynolds: The Boy in the Black Suit, Long Way Down, Ghost, Patina
35 Words

"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was one of the leading poets of the Harlem Renaissance. The speaker of this poem describes listening to a musician play the blues. Read the full text here.
17 Words

"The Maze Runner," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-13

"WICKED is good." This is just one of the strange realities that Thomas faces when he is mysteriously transported to a new life in the Glade. Work your way through this list to make sense of the world created by James Dashner. This list focuses on confusion. Here are links to our lists for Book 1 of the series: Chapters 1-13, Chapters 14-26, Chapters 27-40, Chapters 41-53, Chapter 54-Epilogue
35 Words

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