Vocabulary Lists


CollectionWar StoriesReal-Life Accounts of Conflict and Courage
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CollectionForces of NatureExplore the Physical World
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  • 59 WordsIntroduction to Natural Resources and the Environment
  • 51 WordsIntroduction to Ecology
  • 30 Words"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
CollectionGet a Life!Inspiring Biographies of Extraordinary People
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  1. This Side of WildMutts, Mares, and Laughing DinosaursGary Paulsen
    In this memoir, the award-winning adventurous author shares his observations and relationships with different animals,...
  2. Nazi SaboteursHitler's Secret Attack on AmericaSamantha Seiple
    This nonfiction work tells how eight Nazi sympathizers tried to help Germany win World War II by destroying American...
  3. Unequal: A Story of AmericaMichael Eric Dyson and Marc Favreau
    In this nonfiction story of America, the authors recount the struggles of key African Americans in the country's march...
  4. A Face for PicassoComing of Age with Crouzon SyndromeAriel Henley
    In this memoir, the author reveals how she and her twin sister survived the physical and emotional effects of a rare...
  5. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?Patricia McKissack
    This biography chronicles the life of Sojourner Truth, a woman who was born a slave, and who became the embodiment of...
  6. Society and SolitudeRalph Waldo Emerson
    In this collection of twelve essays, the leader of New England's transcendentalist movement shares his philosophical...
  7. A Thousand SistersThe Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War IIElizabeth Wein
    This nonfiction work tells the story of how thousands of young Russian women volunteered to be trained as pilots,...
  8. The Lives of a CellNotes of a Biology WatcherLewis Thomas
    In 29 essays, physician, etymologist, poet, educator, and researcher Lewis Thomas covers a range of topics to illustrate...
  9. CircumferenceEratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the GlobeNicholas Nicastro
    This nonfiction book recounts the story of how a 245 BCE sea journey from Athens to Alexandria inspired Eratosthenes of...
  10. Here's Looking at EuclidAlex Bellos
    To illustrate his thesis that math is the foundation of human progress, Alex Bellos details achievements throughout time...
  11. Compelling Coming-of-Age-Memoirs
    These inspiring memoirs capture the trials and tribulations of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Get the most...
  12. Martin Luther King Jr. DayA Collection in Honor of the Civil Rights Activist
    Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest orators of all time. Learn the powerful words he used to galvanize the...

Non-Fiction Vocabulary Lists:

"Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry" by Rudolfo Anaya

In this essay, the award-winning author of Bless Me, Ultima shares his thoughts on how descriptions of different cultures are often censored to appeal to mainstream publishers and readers.
40 Words

"The Fallacy of Success" by G.K. Chesterton

In this essay from the collection All Things Considered, the English novelist, philosopher, and critic shares his thoughts on books and articles that instruct readers on how to succeed. Read the full text here.
40 Words

"The Origin of Species by Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin: Essential Words

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.
13 Words

"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
30 Words

"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

In this essay, novelist Amy traces her development as a writer by reflecting on the ways she and her mother use English differently. Here are links to our lists for The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
20 Words

"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This 19th-century transcendentalist essay argues that spending time in nature helps people resist conformity and become their truest selves. Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for other works by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self-Reliance, The Young American
30 Words

"Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans" by Don Brown

This acclaimed nonfiction book tells the story of Hurricane Katrina in graphic form. Here is a link to our list for Unwanted by Don Brown.
40 Words

"Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell

In this essay, George Orwell explores the ways language can be used to conceal truth and encourage conformity of thought. Here are links to our lists for other works by George Orwell: Animal Farm, 1984, "Shooting an Elephant"
40 Words

"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" by Kadir Nelson

This engaging history of Negro League Baseball details the obstacles and prejudices African-American baseball players faced in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
40 Words

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