Vocabulary Lists

Non-Fiction

"October Sky" by Homer Hickam, Chapters 1–4

Originally published under the title Rocket Boys, this memoir recounts the story of six rocket-obsessed friends growing up in a small West Virginia mining town in the 1950s. Here are links to our lists for the memoir: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–9, Chapters 10–14, Chapters 15–21, Chapter 22–Epilogue
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"First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James R. Hansen, Prologue–Part Two

This biography explores the life and legacy of the first astronaut to walk on the moon. Here are links to our lists for the biography: Prologue–Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight
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"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust. Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust. Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust. Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust. Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust. Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

George Orwell reflects on imperialism as he recounts an incident that occurred when he was a police officer in Burma. Here are links to our lists for other works by George Orwell: 1984, Animal Farm, Politics and the English Language
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"I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai, Prologue–Part One

An ordinary Pakistani girl is shot by the Taliban while fighting for her right to an education. In this memoir, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, tells her story. Here are links to our lists for the book: Prologue–Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five–Epilogue
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"March: Book One" by John Lewis, pages 1-75

Written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, Congressman John Lewis's award-winning graphic novel chronicles his experiences in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Here is our list for the second half of March: Book One. Here are our lists for other volumes in the trilogy: March: Book Two, March: Book Three
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"World Without Fish" by Mark Kurlansky, Introduction and Chapter 1

In this book, Mark Kurlansky explores threats to the world's oceans and fish populations and describes ways that young people can support sustainable fishing. Here are links to our lists for the book: Introduction and Chapter 1, Chapters 2-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-11
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The Launch of Sputnik 1

On October 4, 1957, Russia launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit. This marked the beginning of the Space Race and sparked a great deal of panic in the U.S. Below is vocabulary compiled from the New York Times article published the next day.
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Charles Darwin: Essential Words from "The Origin of Species by Natural Selection"

Charles Darwin expounded his theories on evolution in "The Origin of Species by Natural Selection." Learn the essential terms from his enduring work, originally published in 1859.
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"Democracy in America" Alexis de Tocqueville, Introduction–Chapter 5

In 1831, French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States. In this book, he records his impressions of the customs and culture of the young nation. Read Volume One of the text translated by Henry Reeve, here. Here are links to our lists for the book: Introduction–Chapter 5, Chapters 6–9, Chapters 10–15, Chapters 16–17, Chapter 18
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"Hidden Figures" Margot Lee Shetterly, Prologue–Chapter 5

A group of extraordinarily talented African American women help NASA achieve some of its greatest successes even as they face discrimination and oppression. Here are links to our lists for the book: Prologue–Chapter 5, Chapters 6–10, Chapters 11–15, Chapters 16–20, Chapter 21–Epilogue
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"Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss, Introduction–The Tractable Apostrophe

A sharp-eyed editor explains how small differences in punctuation can have enormous consequences. Here are links to our lists for the work: Introduction–The Tractable Apostrophe, That'll Do, Comma–Airs and Graces, Cutting a Dash–Merely Conventional Signs
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"March: Book Three" by John Lewis, pages 1-95

Written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, Congressman John Lewis's award-winning graphic novel chronicles his experiences in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Here is a link to our list for the second part of March: Book Three. Here are links to our lists for other volumes in the trilogy: March: Book One, March: Book Two
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"A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah, Chapters 1–5

Conscripted by the army at the age of 13, Ishmael Beah was forced to fight in Sierra Leone's brutal civil war. In this memoir, Beah shines a light on the experiences of child soldiers. Here are links to our lists for the book: Chapters 1–5, Chapters 6–10, Chapters 11–15, Chapters 16–21
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"The Double Helix" by James D. Watson, Chapters 1–6

Francis Crick and James Watson changed the world forever—and won a Nobel Prize—when they uncovered the structure of DNA. In this memoir, Watson reveals the story behind their discovery. Here are links to our lists for the book: Chapters 1–6, Chapters 7–14, Chapters 15–22, Chapters 23–Epilogue
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"Life Is So Good" by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, Chapters 1–6

George Dawson, who lived from 1898 to 2001 and learned to read at the age of 98, reflects on the life lessons he learned over the course of the 20th century. Here are links to our lists for the book: Chapters 1–6, Chapters 7–12, Chapters 13–18, Chapters 19–24
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"The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, Parts I and II

In this memoir Jeannette Walls recounts a turbulent childhood with her eccentric and dysfunctional family. Here are the links to our lists for the memoir: Parts I and II; Parts III, IV, and V
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"Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser, Introduction–Chapter 4

In this exposé, award-winning journalist Eric Schlosser explores the effects of the American fast food industry on global health, labor conditions, and the environment. Here are links to our lists for the book: Introduction–Chapter 4, Chapters 5–8, Chapter 9–Afterword
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"Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer, Chapters 1–5

In this memoir, Jon Krakauer recounts a disastrous expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest that left five people dead and many others—including the author—questioning their own culpability. Here are links to our lists for the book: Chapters 1–5, Chapters 6–10, Chapters 11–15, Chapters 16–21 Here is a link to our lists for Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
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"Night" by Elie Wiesel, Sections 1–3

In this unflinching memoir, Elie Wiesel describes his experience as a young man imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. Here are links to our lists for the memoir: Sections 1–3, Sections 4–5, Sections 6–9
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"Cosmos" by Carl Sagan, Chapters 1–5

In this engaging and accessible book, scientist Carl Sagan explores fourteen billion years of cosmic history and evolution. Here are links to our lists for the book: Chapters 1–5, Chapters 6–9, Chapters 10–13
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