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  • Selected Short Stories of Ray Bradbury
  • 30 Words"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto
  • Selected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Selected Short Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 35 Words"The Fox" by Malinda Lo
  • Selected Short Stories of Washington Irving
  • Selected Short Stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 20 Words"Names/Nombres" by Julia Alvarez
  • 20 Words"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe
  • 30 Words"The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara
  • 20 Words"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
  • 30 Words"The Bet" by Anton Chekhov
  • 20 Words"A Village After Dark" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 25 Words"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
  • 30 Words"Home" by Anton Chekhov
  • 35 Words"Woman Hollering Creek" by Sandra Cisneros
  • 60 Words"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
  • 25 Words"American History" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • 35 Words"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane
  • 35 Words"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant
  • 36 Words"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
  • 35 Words"The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol
  • 35 Words"Once Upon a Time" by Nadine Gordimer
  • 30 Words"The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs
  • 30 Words"A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • 30 Words"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
  • 30 Words"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor
  • 20 Words"The Scholarship Jacket" by Marta Salinas
  • 30 Words"The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton
  • 30 Words"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber
  • 30 Words"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain
  • 30 Words"A Story Without an End" by Mark Twain
  • 25 Words"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker
  1. The Secret HistoryDonna Tartt
    Six classics students at a small New England college develop a close — and ultimately catastrophic — friendship.
  2. Becoming Naomi LeónPam Muñoz Ryan
    Naomi's life is thrown into turmoil when her mother suddenly returns after a long absence.
  3. Shatter MeTahereh Mafi
    Juliette has the power to paralyze or kill people with a single touch. The Reestablishment government wishes to use her...
  4. Fresh InkAn AnthologyLamar Giles, Jason Reynolds, Malinda Lo, Eric Gansworth, Aminah Mae Safi, Walter Dean Myers, Sara Farizan, Daniel José Older, Sharon G. Flake, Melissa de la Cruz, Gene Luen Yang, Ellen Oh, Schuyler Bailar and Nicola Yoon
    This collection of diverse short stories, edited by Lamar Giles, brings together new work by established and...
  5. Like a Love StoryAbdi Nazemian
    A young activist, an Iranian immigrant, and a flamboyant fashionista navigate love and friendship in New York City in...
  6. On the Banks of Plum CreekLaura Ingalls Wilder
    In this volume of the Little House series, the Ingalls family settles in Minnesota and overcomes many obstacles to...

"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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"The Palace Thief" by Ethan Canin

In this story, a classics teacher at an elite prep school must interrogate his own ethics when he...
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"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, a poet and Jewish activist, wrote this poem to raise money for a pedestal for the...
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  1. The Nazi HuntersHow a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious NazisNeal Bascomb
    This book tells the true story of the group of spies who captured war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
  2. The Big ThirstThe Secret Life and Turbulent Future of WaterCharles Fishman
    Journalist Charles Fishman explores humanity's need for and use of water — and the threat of water scarcity.
  3. Almost American GirlRobin Ha
    In this memoir, told in graphic form, Robin Ha recounts her experiences as a young immigrant from South Korea.
  4. All Boys Aren't BlueA Memoir-ManifestoGeorge M. Johnson
    In this unflinching memoir, George M. Johnson interweaves personal history with reflections on systemic oppression.
  5. The Plot to Kill HitlerDietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely HeroPatricia McCormick
    This biography chronicles the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a clergyman who resisted Adolf Hitler's regime.
  6. Becoming KareemGrowing Up On and Off the CourtKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
    In this memoir, basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabar recounts his youth and traces his path to the NBA.

"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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Some Helpful Poetry Terms

One of the stumbling blocks when trying to study poetry is that it seems like a different world....
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The New SAT: Language of the Test - List #1

How can you perform well on the new reading section of the SAT if you don’t fully understand the...
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ASVAB Word Knowledge

The Word Knowledge subtest of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a vocabulary...
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The New SAT: Words to Capture Tone - List #1

On the New SAT, all of the Reading Test questions are multiple choice and are based on reading...
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The New SAT: Multiple-Meaning Words List #1

Context is king -- that’s the lesson you need to internalize as you begin preparing for the...
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PARCC: Language of the Test (Grade7)

Before you can answer a question on the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy section, you first need...
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PARCC: Language of the Test (Grade 11)

Before you can answer a question on the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy section, you first need...
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Tier 2 Words for the SBAC ELA Items

Here are 68 Tier 2 words that are likely to be found on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium...
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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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Body Parts: Neur ("Nerve")

You've got a lot of nerve — so learn this list of words that derive the Latin word neuron, meaning...
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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 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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Marbury v. Madison (1803)

Shortly before the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams appointed many judges and justices....
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

In 1951, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recruited 13 parents...
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The Constitution of the United States

The Constitution is, quite simply, the basis of American democracy. The document details what the...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 70 by Alexander Hamilton

Published on March 18, 1788, this essay argues that the executive office should be led by a strong...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 41 by James Madison

This essay was published on January 19, 1788. In it, Madison weighs the pros and cons of the...
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The Federalist Papers, No. 23 by Alexander Hamilton

In this essay, published on December 18, 1787, Hamilton argues that the federal government must be...
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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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Richard Nixon's "Checkers Speech" (1952)

In September, 1952, Richard Nixon, a young senator from California, was nominated to run for Vice...
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Did You Planet? Words With Surprisingly Spacey Origins

The stars and planets have given us lots of words, but some of them are unexpected. How many of...
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Over The Moon: Planetary Vocabulary

Planets and their moons have complex relationships as they spin through space around the sun. These...
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An "August" Assortment: Words Worthy of Honor

The month of August was named after Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome, who lived from 63...
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Book Words for Book Worms

From amanuensis to author, foreword to frontispiece, there's more to books than just reading them....
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Dog Vocabulary: A Canine Lexicon

For Fido's next new trick, teach him some of these words that describe canine companions. What's...
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Check It Out, Mate: Chess Vocabulary

Widely recognized as one of the greatest and most difficult board games in the world, chess...
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Can You Dig It? Words for Dirt and Soil

There are buckets full of words to describe the stuff under your feet, so grab a shovel and dig into...
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Call Me Maybe: Words That Could Go Either Way

English has voluminous verbiage for things that might not be what they seem, or statements that need...
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This Week In Words: August 1–6, 2020

Stories about a devastating explosion in Beirut, social media cracking down on misinformation, and...
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This Week In Culture: August 1–6, 2020

Stories about real and cartoon spacecraft, two very different time-travel movies, and the trouble...
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This Week In Words: July 25–31, 2020

A final message from John Lewis, the Navy's first Black female pilot, and mystery seeds from China:...
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This Week In Culture: July 25–31, 2020

Stories about solving an ancient mystery, a new Mars mission to look for signs of life, and birds...
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This Week In Culture, July 18–24, 2020

Stories about sports returning, museums struggling, and the world's most famous composer all...
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This Week In Words, July 18–24, 2020

Stories about advances in the fight against Covid-19 and the ongoing controversy of using federal...
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John Lewis (1940–2020) Tribute List

In 1963, John Lewis was the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the "big...
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This Week In Words: July 11–17, 2020

Stories about political responses to the pandemic, a major Twitter hack, and one hot tundra...
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