Vocabulary Lists


CollectionA Likely StoryShort Fiction for Long Summer Days
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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
CollectionOh, the Drama!A Collection of Plays for Drama Queens
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CollectionIsland LifeSail Away with One of These Novels
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  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...
  7. Listen, SlowlyThanhha Lai
    Twelve-year-old Mai travels to Vietnam to find her grandfather and learn about her heritage.
  8. Black Brother, Black BrotherJewell Parker Rhodes
    Twelve-year-old Donte faces bullying and racism, but when he begins to train as a competitive fencer, he finds the...
  9. MoxieJennifer Mathieu
    Frustrated with rampant sexism at her school, Viv creates a feminist zine — and inspires a revolution.
  10. Ghost SquadClaribel A. Ortega
    When best friends Lucely and Syd accidentally summon evil spirits to their town, they must figure out a way to reverse...
  11. UnwindNeal Shusterman
    In this dystopian novel, sixteen-year-old Connor has been slated to be "unwound" and have his organs donated — until he...
  12. The Comedy of ErrorsWilliam Shakespeare
    Two pairs of identical twins end up in the same town, leading to a series of comic misunderstandings and mishaps.

Literature Vocabulary Lists:

"The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol

In this classic Russian short story, a low-level bureaucrat's life is upended when he attempts to purchase a new overcoat. Learn these words from the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
35 Words

"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 society.
45 Words

"The Palace Thief" by Ethan Canin

In this story, a classics teacher at an elite prep school must interrogate his own ethics when he suspects that one of his privileged students is cheating.
45 Words

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, a poet and Jewish activist, wrote this poem to raise money for a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The poem was then inscribed on a plaque on the pedestal.
10 Words

"Easter, 1916" by W.B. Yeats

In this poem by William Butler Yeats, the speaker reflects on the failed Irish uprising against the British in 1916. Here are links to our lists for other poems by Yeats: "The Song of Wandering Aengus", "The Second Coming"
16 Words

"Death of a Naturalist" by Seamus Heaney

The speaker of this poem remembers collecting frog's eggs as a child, but is repulsed by watching frog's spawn in a rotting field in the present day.
12 Words

"The Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats

In this modernist poem, Yeats uses apocalyptic imagery to characterize the state of the world after World War I.
10 Words

"The Bells" by Edgar Allan Poe

This poem by Edgar Allan Poe is notable for its masterful use of sound effects, including onomatopoeia, alliteration, and assonance.
25 Words

"The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson

In this poem, the speaker imagines that a railway train is a living creature. Read the full text here.
15 Words

"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d" by Walt Whitman

Whitman wrote this elegy, or poem of mourning, in response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Here are links to our lists for other poems by Walt Whitman: Song of Myself, O Captain! My Captain!, A Noiseless Patient Spider
35 Words

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

The speaker of this poem, who is mourning a lost love, is visited in the night by a raven who speaks a single word: "Nevermore." Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for other works by Edgar Allan Poe: The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Purloined Letter, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue
35 Words

"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway

Santiago is a luckless Cuban fisherman who struggles to land a giant marlin. In spare, searing prose, Hemingway transforms the story of one man's battle with nature into a heroic ordeal. Here is a link to our lists for A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
50 Words

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Influenced by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's personal experiences, "The Yellow Wallpaper" tells the story of a woman who is forbidden from working due to "nervous depression" and begins to obsess over the unusual wallpaper in her room.
40 Words

"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury

In this short story, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury imagines an eerie, desolate world in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. Here are links to our lists for other works by the award-winning author: Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, A Sound of Thunder, All Summer in a Day, August 2026, Marionettes, Inc., The Black Ferris, The Drummer Boy of Shiloh, The Flying Machine, The Pedestrian, The Veldt
25 Words

"Death, be not proud" by John Donne

This poem is one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, a series of nineteen connected poems in which Donne explores his spiritual devotion. Read the poem here. Here are links to our lists for other poems by John Donne: "The Canonization", "The Flea", "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning", "Song: Go and catch a falling star", "The Sun Rising"
14 Words

"To an Athlete Dying Young" by A. E. Housman

This poem commemorates the early death of a young athlete. The speaker notes that, because the athlete died in the prime of his life, he will always be remembered as youthful and victorious.
14 Words

"Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This narrative poem, written in a meter that recalls the sound of a galloping horse’s hooves, tells the apocryphal story of Paul Revere warning colonial Americans of a looming British invasion. Read the poem here.
25 Words

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's uplifting poem affirms the power of resilience, self-love, and joy in the face of oppression. Read the poem here. Here are links to our lists for other works by Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Pulse of Morning
16 Words

"Digging" by Seamus Heaney

After watching his father digging outside, the speaker of this poem compares his father's labor to his own work as a writer. Read the text here.
16 Words

"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.
32 Words

"Morning Song" by Sylvia Plath

This poem explores the alienation that the speaker feels after the birth of her baby. Read the text here.
15 Words

"A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman

The speaker of this poem observes a spider using its silk to explore its surroundings and then compares his soul to the title arachnid. Read the full text of the poem here.
12 Words

"Birches" by Robert Frost

The speaker of this poem recalls his childhood pastime of climbing and swinging from birch trees. Read the poem here. Here are our lists for other poems by Robert Frost: "The Death of the Hired Man", "After Apple-Picking", "Mending Wall", "Out, Out—"
22 Words

"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain

In this entertaining yarn, a man who loves to gamble bets that his trained frog can out-jump any other. Here are links to our lists for other works by Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, A Story Without an End
30 Words

"Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson

The speaker of Dickinson’s poem imagines riding in a carriage with Death and viewing scenes out of the window. Read the text here.
15 Words

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