Painless Vocabulary

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This addition to Barron's Painless series is focused to meet the needs of middle school and high school students. The author's friendly, informal narrative style takes the drudgery out of students' vocabulary building, which is a prerequisite for their academic achievement and future success in college and beyond. Each of 24 chapters introduces 15 new words, first placing the words in a brief essay that allows students to comprehend them in a given context. "Brain Tickler" questions that follow challenge ...
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Overview


This addition to Barron's Painless series is focused to meet the needs of middle school and high school students. The author's friendly, informal narrative style takes the drudgery out of students' vocabulary building, which is a prerequisite for their academic achievement and future success in college and beyond. Each of 24 chapters introduces 15 new words, first placing the words in a brief essay that allows students to comprehend them in a given context. "Brain Tickler" questions that follow challenge students and help them determine whether they have gained some mastery of word usage. Sidebars appear on many pages with titles such as "Major Mistake Territory," alerting students to possible pitfalls and problems involving correct understanding of word meanings and normal usage. Each chapter concludes with an "On Your Own" section, which invites students to use the target vocabulary list within the context of their own everyday speech. Morbid. . . furtively . . . predecessor . . . infer . . . are typical examples of words students will learn to use with ease. The book's vocabulary is neither too easy nor too arcane--focusing instead on words that students should have at their command in high-school and by the time they enter college.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764147142
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 379,576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Greenberg is the English Department Head at Great Neck North Middle School. He is the author of Barron's Let's Prepare for the Grade 8 Language Arts Test.
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Table of Contents


Introduction

Words Don't Hurt: How to Use This Book

  • Chapter One: Dinosaur Man

Words in Context

  • Chapter Two: In Your Face!

Word Forms

  • Chapter Three: The Writing Process—The Long, Slow Road to Nearly Perfect

Read, Read, and Read Some More

  • Chapter Four: Old Folks? What Does It Mean to Be Old in the 21st Century?

Verbal Analogies

  • Chapter Five: The Tale of the Teaching Tyrant

Starting Your Own Black Book

  • Chapter Six: The Newest Thing

Using a Dictionary

  • Chapter Seven: Where Have All the

Words Gone?

A Brief History of Our Language

  • Chapter Eight: Natural Disasters—Something Can Be Done

Electronic Dictionaries

  • Chapter Nine: The Middle School Years—How Much Do They Matter?

Using a Thesaurus

  • Chapter Ten: Bargain Hunters—Going to Unreasonable Lengths

New Words Through Technology

  • Chapter Eleven: The Phone Keeps Ringing

The Verbal Analogy Bridge

  • Chapter Twelve: Ozzie's Nine Lives

Using an Electronic Thesaurus

  • Chapter Thirteen: Enough to Eat

Importing New Words

  • Chapter Fourteen: All Pumped Up—Home Runs and Steroids

A Brief History of Dictionaries

  • Chapter Fifteen: King of the #7 Train

Words from Myths

  • Chapter Sixteen: A Closer Look at

the Patriot Act

Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

  • Chapter Seventeen: The Hot Corner—Learning to Love Books

Word Games

  • Chapter Eighteen: Dare to "Dis"—Bullying the Bullies

Electronic Readers

  • Chapter Nineteen: We're Smarter Than You Are—The Younger Generation Makes Its Case

Using the Context: A Case Study

  • Chapter Twenty: The Borrowed Child

Looking Back

  • Appendix

Word List

Words from Greek and Roman Myths and Languages

More Words to Know

  • Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Excellent for Adult ESL Learners at the High Intermediate to Advanced Level

    This workbook is an excellent tool for Adult ESL Learners at the High Intermediate Level or above. It can be used together in the classroom, and also as a homework assignment. It's a small book that is easily carried in a purse or backpack. The lessons are short and I encourage my students to take their book out and work in it any time they are sitting in their car....waiting for their children after school etc. The book is written for typical Middle school and High School students, so it is very appropriate for Adult ESL learners. The book is inexpensive and therefore not a financial burden. I also recommend the other books in the series, including the Grammar, Spelling, Writing and the ESL version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

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    Painless is exactly how I would discribe this book. My children's vocabulary has grown considerably in a matter of weeks with this book. I am very, very pleased with the results and recommend it to anyone who has a child that needs help in that area. It is geared toward middle school aged kids.

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