Vocabulary Lists

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
45 Words

"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
40 Words

"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.
35 Words

"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
43 Words

"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
40 Words

"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
45 Words

"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
44 Words

"East of Eden," Vocabulary from Part One

Inspired by the biblical story of Cain and Abel, these words about two families reveal the soul of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
40 Words

"The Magician's Nephew," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

This story is the beginning of all the others. See how C.S. Lewis used these words to build and destroy worlds (including Narnia). Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-11, Chapters 12-15 Here are links to our lists for other books in "The Chronicles of Narnia": The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
30 Words

"The Glass Castle," Vocabulary from Parts I and II

"The Glass Castle" is a memoir about family, poverty, and growth. Learn these words found in Jeannette Walls's account of her childhood. Here are the links to our lists from the memoir: Parts I and II, Parts III, IV, and V
45 Words

"Fast Food Nation," Vocabulary from Introduction-Chapter 4

Realize the power of "The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" with these words from award-winning journalist Eric Schlosser. Here are links to our lists for the nonfiction text: Introduction-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-8, Chapter 9-Afterword
45 Words

"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
40 Words

"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
40 Words

"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.
45 Words

"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
40 Words

"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"
40 Words

"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
40 Words

"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," Vocabulary from Chapter 1

"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" chronicles the life of Stephen Dedalus, James Joyce's literary alter ego. Learn these words from Joyce's first novel. Here are links to our lists from the book: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5
25 Words

"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
40 Words

"The Time Machine," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

You'll travel through time as you learn these words from the science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. Here are the links to our other lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12
30 Words

"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
35 Words

"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
40 Words

"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
40 Words

"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
24 Words

"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
40 Words

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