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  1. A Girl Named DisasterNancy Farmer
    Eleven-year-old Nhamo flees from her abusive aunt's home in Mozambique and embarks on a dangerous journey to find her...
  2. City of Saints and ThievesNatalie C. Anderson
    Following the murder of her mother, sixteen-year old Tina is on a quest for revenge. She must survive Sangui City's...
  3. The Last CuentistaDonna Barba Higuera
    After Earth is destroyed by a comet, twelve-year-old Petra Peña wakes up on a new planet and discovers she is the only...
  4. The City BeautifulAden Polydoros
    Ahead of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, Jewish teenage boys begin to disappear from the city's streets. After his...
  5. Tiger BoyMitali Perkins
    Neel, a young Bengali boy, searches his island home to find a tiger cub and rescue it from a man who hopes to sell it on...
  6. A Feast for CrowsGeorge R.R. Martin
    Following their victory in the "War of the Five Kings," the Lannisters consolidate their power on the Iron Throne....

"Easter, 1916" by W.B. Yeats

In this poem by William Butler Yeats, the speaker reflects on the failed Irish uprising against the...
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"The Hill We Climb," by Amanda Gorman

22-year-old Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet in American history when she read her...
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"The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol

In this classic Russian short story, a low-level bureaucrat's life is upended when he attempts to...
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"St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" by Karen Russell

In this short story, the narrator and other girls raised by wolves try to adapt to life in human...
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  1. EndgameBobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall — from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of MadnessFrank Brady
    Biographer Frank Brady chronicles the meteoric rise and astounding fall of chess prodigy Bobby Fischer.
  2. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the WorldThe Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the EnduranceJennifer Armstrong
    This nonfiction work tells the amazing survival story of Ernest Shackleton and his crew after their ship Endurance sank...
  3. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous IdeaCharles Seife
    Science journalist Charles Seife discusses the history of the number zero, from its origin as an Eastern philosophical...
  4. Mountains Beyond MountainsThe Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the WorldTracy Kidder
    Adapted for young readers, this nonfiction work documents Dr. Paul Farmer's mission to improve health outcomes around...
  5. Death on the River of DoubtTheodore Roosevelt's Amazon AdventureSamantha Seiple
    This true story chronicles Theodore Roosevelt's 1913 expedition into the Amazon jungle with a team of men including his...
  6. 1491New Revelations of the Americas Before ColumbusCharles C. Mann
    This nonfiction book presents research about the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere before the arrival of...

"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."...
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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...
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"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

In this essay, novelist Amy traces her development as a writer by reflecting on the ways she and her...
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"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This 19th-century transcendentalist essay argues that spending time in nature helps people resist...
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  1. Core Tier 2 VocabularyHigh-Frequency, High-Utility Academic Words
    Mastering these common words is essential success in the classroom and beyond. Students will encounter this foundational...

Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 1

Whether you're hoping to improve your comprehension of reading assignments or simply looking to...
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Essential Academic Vocabulary for High School Students, List 1

Whether you're preparing for a standardized test, hoping to improve your comprehension of reading...
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ASVAB Word Knowledge

The Word Knowledge section of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a vocabulary...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for September 17–September 23, 2022

Stories about basketball champions, quadrillions of ants, and the Eiffel Tower all contributed words...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for September 10–September 16, 2022

Stories about a historic Emmy win, Snoopy in space, and the death of a queen all contributed words...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for September 3–September 9, 2022

Stories about underwater tourism, electric rickshaws, and a hydrogen-powered train all contributed...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for August 27–September 2, 2022

Stories about an enormous pumpkin, a valuable baseball card, and a delayed rocket launch all...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for August 20–August 26, 2022

Stories about an internet meme, a tennis star, and a 17-year-old solo pilot all contributed words to...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for August 13–August 19, 2022

Stories about invasive donkeys, dreaming spiders, and an underwater village all contributed words to...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for August 6–August 12, 2022

Stories about sociable dolphins, a mustard shortage, and a swarm of escaped bees all contributed...
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This Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for July 30–August 5, 2022

Stories about mysterious holes on the ocean floor, a 500-year-old shark, and a helpful hawk all...
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  1. Common SenseThomas Paine
    In this pamphlet, Paine urges the American colonists to fight for independence from Great Britain and form a new...

Declaration of the Rights of Woman (1791)

The full title of this declaration includes a focus on citizenship, and it was published two years...
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The Treaty of Paris (1783)

The Treaty of Paris officially concluded the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain....
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Preamble to the U.S. Constitution (1787)

This introduction to the United States Constitution lays out the foundational principles of the...
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"The Declaration of Sentiments" (1848)

The Declaration of Sentiments was presented in July 1848 at the first Women's Rights Convention in...
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President Biden's Inaugural Speech (January 2021)

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United...
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"Ideas Live On" by Benazir Bhutto (2007)

In this speech, Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, argues for the importance of...
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Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" (1863)

At just 272 words long, Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is widely considered to be one of the...
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Beyond Vietnam" (1967)

In this speech, delivered at Riverside Church in New York City, King expresses his opposition to the...
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"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" by Frederick Douglass

In this powerful speech delivered on July 5, 1852, abolitionist Frederick Douglass argued that the...
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Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?" (1863)

Sojourner Truth's speech at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Ohio asked a question that could...
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President Trump's Second State of the Union Address (2019)

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019. The President...
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Figurative Language in King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)

Learn the vocabulary that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to inspire a generation to break free...
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English Words Derived from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The...
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In the Know: Cogn, Conn

Knowledge is power, so learn these words that derive from the Latin roots cogn and conn, meaning...
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Perfect Ten: Dec, Cent, Mille

These words derive from the Latin roots dec ("ten"), cent ("hundred"), and mille ("thousand"). Start...
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Power Suffix: -scope

Have a close look at this list of words that include the suffix -scope, meaning "an instrument for...
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English Words Derived from Arabic

All of the English words on this lists have Arabic origins. While some, like caliph and imam,...
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Power Suffix: -escence

Learn this list of words that include the suffix -escence, meaning the "process or state of being."
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Power Suffix: -acy

Derived from Latin, the English suffix -acy in English means "the state of" or "the quality or...
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More English Words Derived from Yiddish

English has borrowed many words from Yiddish, which is itself an amalgam of German, Russian, Hebrew...
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Memorial Day Words

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called in the localities in which it was...
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Motherlode: A Mother's Day Lexicon

Mothers do so many things, which is why a good nap may be the best gift you can give your own mom on...
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May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Words

Rejoice, Star Wars fans! May the 4th is National Star Wars Day! The epic film series launched plenty...
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Eid Al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is a worldwide religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Here is a link to the...
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Stump Speech: Tree Terminology

Turn over a new lexical leaf and branch out with this list of arboreal vocabulary. Learning these...
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For Grilled Cheese Day, Vocab with a Twist

National Grilled Cheese Day is celebrated on April 12. To show our appreciation for this iconic...
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Tricky Terms for April Fool's Day

You'd be a fool not to learn these words related to pranks, jokes, and deceit. For more on the...
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And the Oscar Goes to... Award-worthy Words

The Academy Awards are a spectacle of fashion, fame and — oh yeah — movies! Whether you’re writing a...
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