I’ll be the first to say that reading in general is educational when it helps you learn new words and broaden your thinking. But I was quite surprised to see two new books, Defining Twilight and Defining New Moon. Both bill themselves as a “Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT.” They are written by Brian Leaf and are available for pre-order at select online merchants. Here’s more information on each:
Can you resist the allure of Edward’s myriad charms—his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? Will you hunt surreptitiously and tolerate the ceaseless deluge in Forks to evade the sun and uphold the facade? Join Edward and Bella as you learn more than 600 vocabulary words to improve your score on the *SAT, ACT®, GED®, and SSAT® exams!
Use this workbook side-by-side with your own copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight!
• Each chapter of the workbook gives you eight words taken from Twilight, with page references for you to read the words in the context of your favorite novel
• Define the words on your own before turning back to the workbook for their actual definitions
• At the end of each section you’ll take SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT drills and quizzes to review and integrate what you’ve learned
• Plus, you’ll learn synonyms, Latin word parts, and memorization tools throughout the workbook
The vocabulary words in Defining New Moon will have very little overlap with the vocabulary words in Defining Twilight. More than 300 of the 320 primary vocabulary words will be new to Defining New Moon.
Defining New Moon has 40 four-page chapters:
- The first page of each chapter lists 8 vocabulary words with page references to Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon. Students refer to New Moon, read each word in context, and attempt to define it.
- The second page of each chapter provides the actual definitions along with useful synonyms, Latin word parts, and memorization tools.
- The third page presents SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT drills to memorize and integrate the definitions of the new words.
- The fourth page gives clearly delineated solutions to the drills.
Every 5 chapters there is a quiz to review and integrate material.
Every 20 chapters there is a review of all of the New Moon vocabulry words in the previous 20 chapters.
Quiz solutions and a Glossary of all of the book’s voabulary words, including synonyms, are at the back of the book.
I’ll be anxious to hear what these are like once some of you get a chance to use them!