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100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know


100 Words series

About the Book

Middle school presents students with new challenges as they make the leap from childhood to adolescence and prepare to step into a broader world. The subjects at school are more demanding, teachers have higher expectations, and homework multiplies.

One thing parents can do to help their kids negotiate this often-daunting transition is to equip them with a well-rounded and robust vocabulary. Knowing more sophisticated words—what they mean, how to spell and pronounce them—makes reading easier and writing more expressive.

This book focuses on words that students are sure to encounter in the middle school grades. Each word has a dictionary definition and a pronunciation and appears in at least one quotation. Authors quoted include young-adult favorites such as J. K. Rowling, Lois Lowry, Jerry Spinelli, and Gary Soto. Students will discover why these authors have chosen these words, and will see what a difference the right word can make.

If students are attentive and persistent in their reading, soon they will be writing with gusto and zeal!

Here is a complete list of the words in 100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know:

adversary

aplomb

apprehensive

aptitude

attentive

banish

barricade

bluff

brackish

brandish

circumference

commotion

concoction

conspicuous

contortion

counter

cunning

debris

defiance

deft

destination

diminish

disdain

dismal

dispel

eavesdrop

egregious

ember

emerge

engross

exasperation

exhilarate

falter

foresight

fragrance

furtive

grueling

gusto

habitation

hasten

headway

ignite

illuminate

impending

imperious

jabber

jargon

jostle

jut

kindle

knoll

luminous

malleable

materialize

meander

meticulous

misgivings

momentum

monotonous

multitude

muster

narrate

obscure

ominous

outlandish

persistent

pertinent

potential

precipice

pristine

pristine

quell

recluse

recuperate

replenish

repugnant

restitution

sabotage

scarcity

scurry

serenity

sociable

somber

specimen

stamina

subside

swagger

swarm

tactic

terse

translucent

uncanny

unsightly

versatile

vigilant

vulnerable

waft

waver

weather zeal
 

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