With Barron’s, learning vocabulary becomes fun. In Painless Vocabulary, students learn the meanings of new words by seeing them used in amusing contexts, find examples of vocabulary for modern technology, learn Greek and Latin word roots, track progress with challenging games, and more.
Geared toward middle school– and high school–level learners, Painless Vocabulary takes a lighthearted, humorous approach to learning vocab and is ideal for students who find it confusing, or who just need a little extra help.
Students can test their learning progress with quizzes and “Brain Ticklers”, plus additional games online to challenge students, including Beat the Clock, a line match game, and a word scramble.
The authors' main goal is to clear up confusion and pique interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which students can put each subject to practical use.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Words Don't Hurt: How to Use This Book
Words in Context
Read, Read, and Read Some More
Starting Your Own Black Book
Using a Dictionary
A Brief History of Our Language
Using a Thesaurus
New Words Through Technology
The Verbal Analogy Bridge
Using an Electronic Thesaurus
Importing New Words
A Brief History of Dictionaries
Words from Myths
the Patriot Act
Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Using the Context: A Case Study
Words from Greek and Roman Myths and Languages
More Words to Know
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.