Michael Greenberg Painless Vocabulary

ISBN 13: 9781439530917

Painless Vocabulary

9781439530917: 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 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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Really. This isn’t going to hurt at all . . .

If you think that developing a large vocabulary means dreary and painful memorizing of hundreds of words, this book has good news for you. You can develop the word power that will help you achieve high grades—and enjoy yourself while you learn! Each of 20 chapters introduces 15 new words, first placing them in a brief, entertaining essay, and then discussing their meanings and the ways they can be used. “Brain Tickler” questions that follow challenge your skill at word definitions, and sidebars help you avoid vocabulary mistakes while you pick up interesting facts about word origins and usage. When you reach the end of this book you’ll discover to your delight that your vocabulary has increased many times over—and your grades have also risen. Just as important, you’ll discover that you’ve had fun learning!

For Middle School and High School Students

From the Inside Flap:

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Really. This won't hurt at all . . .
The thought of having to learn a lot of new words once turned brave students into cowards . . . but no more!


  • Understand meanings of new words by seeing them used in amusing statements
  • Check out messages headed Major Mistakes Territory for extra help
  • Look for each chapter's On Your Own section and create your own clever ways to use new words
  • Test your learning progress with fun quizzes and "Brain Ticklers"

    And take advantage of Barron's FREE Painless Vocabulary app
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