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Titles in Barron's extensive Painless Series
cover a wide range of subjects as they are taught on middle school and high school levels. These books are written for students who find the subjects unusually difficult and confusing--or in many cases, just plain boring. Barron's Painless Series
authors' main goal is to clear up students' confusion and perk up their interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which they can put each subject to practical use. Most of these books take a light-hearted approach to their subjects, often employing humor, and always presenting fun-learning exercises that include puzzles, games, and challenging "Brain Tickler" problems to solve. Each chapter in this book introduces 15 new words and places them in amusing sentences as aids to memory retention and vocabulary building.
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FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Table of Contents
Words Don't Hurt: How to Use This Book
Chapter One: Dinosaur Man
Words in Context
Chapter Two: In Your Face!
Chapter Three: The Writing ProcessThe 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?
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
A Brief History of Our Language
Chapter Eight: Natural DisastersSomething Can Be Done
Chapter Nine: The Middle School YearsHow Much Do They Matter?
Using a Thesaurus
Chapter Ten: Bargain HuntersGoing 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 UpHome 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 CornerLearning to Love Books
Chapter Eighteen: Dare to "Dis"Bullying the Bullies
Chapter Nineteen: We're Smarter Than You AreThe Younger Generation Makes Its Case
Using the Context: A Case Study
Chapter Twenty: The Borrowed Child
Words from Greek and Roman Myths and Languages
More Words to Know