Vocabulary Lists

Literature

"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.
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"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)
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"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.
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"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
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"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chapters 1-4

In Ursula Le Guin's classic science fiction novel, a human emissary travels to Winter, an alien world with a culture very different from his own. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-7, Chapters 8-11, Chapters 12-15, Chapters 16-20
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"The Crucible," Vocabulary from Act 1

The accusations fly in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." The play's dramatic retelling of the Salem Witch Trials where the truth gets obscured by sensational charges of possession by demons echoes the crusade of Senator Joseph McCarthy to root out communists, which was occurring while the play was being written. Learn these word lists for the play: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4 Looking for more Arthur Miller vocab? Find lists from Death of a Salesman here.
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"Slaughterhouse-Five," Vocabulary from Chapter 1

Based on Kurt Vonnegut's real experiences in World War II, "Slaughterhouse Five" is not just a war story; it's also a time travel tale which offers some opinions on the folly of existence. Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapter 1, Chapters 2-3, Chapters 4-5, Chapters 6-7, Chapters 8-10
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"The Glass Menagerie," Vocabulary from Scenes 1-2

"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams is a play which paints a delicate portrait of fragile children and a matriarch who threatens to mentally destroy them all. Learn these word lists for the play: Scenes 1-2, Scenes 3-4, Scenes 5-6, Scene 7
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"The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, Chapters 1-5

In J.D. Salinger's classic novel, Holden Caulfield leaves his prep school and experiences disillusionment and alienation while wandering around New York City. Here are links to our other lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-11, Chapters 12-16, Chapters 17-21, and Chapters 22-26. Here are links to our lists for Salinger’s short stories: "A Perfect Day for Bananafish", "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut", "Just Before the War with the Eskimos", "The Laughing Man", "Down at the Dinghy", "For Esmé–with Love and Squalor", "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes", "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period", "Teddy"
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"El Deafo" by Cece Bell

In this graphic memoir, Cece Bell chronicles the struggles and triumphs of growing up deaf. Learn these words from the award-winning book.
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"Smile" by Raina Telgemeir, List I (pp. 1-85)

When she was in sixth grade, cartoonist Raina Telgemeier severely damaged her teeth during an accidental fall. In this graphic memoir, Telgemeier chronicles her literal and figurative quest to reclaim her smile. (Learn words from the second part of this book here.)
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"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

Mark Twain's classic is about, among other things, friendship and freedom on the Mississippi River (etext found here). Learn these word lists based on the classic novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-31, Chapters 32-43
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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, Prologue-Chapter 4

When Earth is destroyed to make way for a freeway, Arthur Dent joins his friend Ford Prefect on a hilarious odyssey through space. Learn these words from the first book in Douglas Adams's popular science fiction series. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-10, Chapters 11-17, Chapters 18-26, Chapters 27-35
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"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, Part I

In this novel, a boy with facial anomalies tries to navigate the sometimes treacherous world of public school. Learn these words from R.J. Palacio's heartwarming and thought-provoking bestseller. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
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"Dulce et Decorum Est," by Wilfred Owen

In this poem, World War I veteran Wilfred Owen describes the horrors of war. The Latin Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori means "It is sweet and proper to die for one's country."
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"The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman, Chapters 1-8

When the third book of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy begins, Lyra has been kidnapped, and both Will and the evil forces of the Consistorial Court are searching for her. Lyra and Will must fight against a power-hungry archangel as they learn more about the mysterious substance called Dust. Here are links to our lists for The Amber Spyglass: Chapters 1-8, Chapters 9-16, Chapters 17-23, Chapters 24-31, Chapters 32-38 Here are links to our lists for works by Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
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"The Subtle Knife" by Philip Pullman, Chapters 1-3

In the second book of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and her new friend Will learn how to open windows into different worlds. They discover truths that will change their lives and the universe. Here are links to our lists for The Subtle Knife: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12, Chapters 13-15 Here are links to our lists for works by Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
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"The Golden Compass," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

This first novel in the award-winning "His Dark Materials" trilogy follows Lyra Belacqua as she attempts to rescue a kidnapped friend and learn about a mysterious substance called Dust. Practice these words and join Lyra on the beginning of her journey through Philip Pullman's fantasy world. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-9, Chapters 10-13, Chapters 14-17, Chapters 18-23
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"The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro, Prologue: July 1956 - Day One: Evening

This novel by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro explores the interior life of a traditional English butler. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue: July 1956-Day One: Evening, Day Two: Morning, Day Two: Afternoon-Day Three: Morning, Day Three: Evening, Day Four: Afternoon-Day Six: Evening Here are links to our lists for other works by Kazuo Ishiguro: A Village After Dark
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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.
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"A Village After Dark" by Kazuo Ishiguro

In this unsettling short story, a man returns to the village where he spent his youth. Rich with ambiguity, the text explores the uneasy relationship between the past and the present. Read the story by the Nobel Prize-winning author here.
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"The Sun Is Also a Star," Vocabulary from Prologue-Natasha

In one of the most popular and highly praised YA novels of 2016, Nicola Yoon tells the story of two teens who meet and fall in love over the course of a single day in New York City. Learn these words and see why this book shines. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue-Natasha, Multiverses-Daniel, The Waitress-Daniel, Joe-Epilogue
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"Nothing But the Truth," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Using journal entries, memos, letters, and dialogue, award-winning author Avi pokes fun at high school, politics, and the media. This satirical novel demonstrates that truth is always subjective. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-15, Chapters 16-19
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An Excerpt from "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead's reimagining of African-American history, The Underground Railroad, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction on April 10, 2017. The novel had previously won the National Book Award this year as well. Even in the vocabulary from this small excerpt the reader gets a sense of Whitehead's vision and the care with which he portrays his characters. Here are 17 words from an excerpt from "The Underground Railroad".
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Derek Walcott (1930-2017) Tribute List

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott died on March 17, 2017. Born on St. Lucia to two schoolteachers, he grew up realizing that "if you learned poetry, you shouted it out." Read this list aloud to hear his lyrical rhythms of the sea of life.
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