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Literature

"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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"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," Vocabulary from Act One

Based on a story developed with J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, Jack Thorne dramatizes time-turning conflicts surrounding the grown wizards and their children. Here are links to our lists for the two-part play: Act One, Act Two, Act Three, Act Four Here are links to our lists for the novels: The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Goblet of Fire
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"The Witch of Blackbird Pond," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Struggling against the historical setting of 17th century Connecticut, the words crafted by Elizabeth George Speare enliven her Newbery Medal-winning characters. This list focuses on coming to America. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-15, Chapters 16-21
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"Into Thin Air," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Conquer these words to understand the personal account Jon Krakauer gives of a May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. Here are links to our lists for the nonfiction narrative: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15, Chapters 16-21 For more challenges, go Into the Wild.
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"The Marvels," Vocabulary from pages 392-456

After marveling at nearly 400 pages of pictures, see how Brian Selznick stages his scenes with words. Here are links to our lists for the novel: pages 392-456, pages 457-524, pages 525-603
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"Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie," Vocabulary from "Dangerous Pie" to "No More Vacation"

Learn these words from Jordan Sonnenblick's emotional novel based on a true story of a family's experience with leukemia. Here are the links to our lists from the novel: "Dangerous Pie" to "No More Vacation," "Take Me!" to "Fear, Gum, Candy," "Good News, Bad News" to "Epilogue"
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"The Once and Future King," Vocabulary from Part One

Master these words that T.H. White used to reinterpret the Arthurian legends for a post-World War II audience. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
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"A Separate Peace," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

Find the peaceful words among those John Knowles used to show, through an adult narrator, how World War II affects teenage boys at a prep school. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-7, Chapters 8-10, Chapters 11-13
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"The Battle of the Labyrinth," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

About to enter high school, Percy Jackson is faced with new earthly, underground, and magical battles. Train your mind with this list so that you can wield words like Rick Riordan. Here are links to our lists for Book 4 of the pentalogy: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20 Here are links to our lists for Books 1-4 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth Here are links to our lists for Books 2 and 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Son of Neptune, The Blood of Olympus
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"Confessions of a Murder Suspect," Vocabulary from Part 1

Learn dark secrets about the ironically named Angel family created by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2
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"Hollow City," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Picking up where he first left off, this second book of the series by Ransom Riggs moves the action away from an endangered island home towards war-torn London. Enlist these words into your vocabulary to understand how the abilities of the peculiar children affect their fates. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-7, Chapters 8-10, Chapters 11-13 Here is a link to our lists for Book 1 of the series: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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"Goodbye Stranger," Vocabulary from Part One

Discover the words Rebecca Stead uses to develop a seventh grade perspective on friendship and love. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
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"Night," Vocabulary from Sections 1-3

The horror and sheer misery of the Nazi concentration camps are represented in Elie Wiesel's "Night," which serves as a testament to the inhumanity man is capable of and a reminder to never let such a thing happen again. Learn these word lists for the memoir: Sections 1-3, Sections 4-5, Sections 6-9
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"Ungifted," Vocabulary from Unearthed-Unrepaired

Unruly Donovan Curtis is unlike his classmates. Understand how unforgettable he is through this list of words used by Gordon Korman. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Unearthed-Unrepaired, Unsurprised-Unforgivable, Unreal-Unlittered
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"The Sea of Monsters," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Join Percy Jackson and his friends on their quests by conquering these monstrous words used by Rick Riordan. Here are links to our lists for Book 2 of the pentalogy: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20 Here are links to our lists for Books 1-4 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth Here are links to our lists for Books 2 and 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Son of Neptune, The Blood of Olympus
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"Cosmos," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

To educate the world about the universe, Carl Sagan developed this book at the same time as the original 1980 television series. Learn this list of words used by the award-winning scientist, philosopher, and author. Here are links to our lists for the scientific text: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-13
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"A Brief History of Time," Vocabulary from Foreword-Chapter 2

Learn this list of words used by physicist Stephen Hawking to explain theories of the universe. Here are links to our lists for the scientific text: Foreword-Chapter 2, Chapters 3-5, Chapters 6-8, Chapters 9-12, Einstein-Newton
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"The Son of Neptune," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-12

Percy Jackson is supposed to be the son of Poseidon, but when he wakes up, his brain is fuzzy. Fighting off gorgons, he finds his way to Camp Jupiter, which looks familiar but also feels wrong. Learn this list of words to follow the quests of the characters revived and created by Rick Riordan. Here are links to our lists for Book 2 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: Chapters 1-12, Chapters 13-24, Chapters 25-36, Chapters 37-52 Here is a link to our lists for Book 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Blood of Olympus Here is a link to our lists for Book 1 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief
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"Because of Winn-Dixie," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

A dog can be the best find at a grocery store. Learn the words Kate DiCamillo used to show why this is true for her ten-year-old narrator. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-26
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"Out of My Mind," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Born with cerebral palsy, Melody has difficulty getting the words in her mind out into the open. Yet, this almost-eleven-year-old will challenge you to match her vocabulary. Learn this list of words based on the fictional autobiography by award-winning author Sharon M. Draper. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-19, Chapters 20-26, Chapters 27-33
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"Silent Spring," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Learn the words used by Rachel Carson that brought attention to the destruction of the environment and motivated the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Here are links to our lists for the nonfiction text: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-13, Chapters 14-17
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"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," Vocabulary from Introduction-Chapter 4

John Boyne refers to his story as a fable. But its primary setting is the real death camp of Auschwitz, and the main characters are two young boys whose friendship highlights the inhumanity around them. Keep an eye out for moral and painful truths in this list of words. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Introduction-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20
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"Jude the Obscure," Vocabulary from Part First

A young man aspires to become a scholar but he is thwarted by his working-class background, the church, marriage, Victorian society, and death. Learn the words that created so much scandal for Thomas Hardy that he stopped writing novels. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part First, Part Second, Part Third, Part Fourth, Part Fifth, Part Sixth Here is a link to the full text: Jude the Obscure
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"Twelfth Night," Vocabulary from Act 1

The twelfth night of Christmas marked the end of winter celebrations in 17th century England. Before stepping down, the Lord of Misrule presided over activities that, in the spirit of foolish fun, turned the kingdom upside down. Learn these words to find out how much William Shakespeare allowed his characters to do what they will. This list focuses on excess. Here are links to our lists for the play: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5 Here is a link to the full text: Twelfth Night
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"Legend," Vocabulary from Part One

According to the Republic, the United States never existed, and anybody who opposes its military regime should not continue to exist. From two first-person perspectives, Marie Lu shows how Day and June start off on opposite sides of those beliefs, yet end up discovering that what they have in common is worth risking everything for. Learn these words so that you can be a legend, prodigy, and champion. Here are links to our lists for the first book in the trilogy: Part One, Part Two
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