• SAT Vocabulary

    SAT Authentic Vocabulary


    The vocabulary list accessible by clicking the image to the left contains words most commonly found on the SAT Verbal section. Through the work of Ms. Melissa Taylor Bahrs, these lists represent vocabulary found in authentic classic and contemporary works of great literature.  The lists were then thematically organized to fit into each unit of the 9-12 English curriculum.  Ms. Bahrs’ work in compiling and organizing the vocabulary in such a way was done in an effort to ensure that the vocabulary taught is useful, purposeful, authentic to coursework, and transferable to as many areas of life and learning as possible.  


    This list is chiefly from such sources as:

    The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne);  Lost Horizon (James Hilton);  Walden (Thoreau);

    Silent Spring (Carson);  Pride and Prejudice (Austen); Wuthering Heights (E. Bronte);

    Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko); Anthem (Ayn Rand);  The Crucible (Miller); 1984 (Orwell);

    Great Expectations / A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens); The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde); The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand); The House of Mirth  (Edith Wharton);  Paradise Lost  (Milton); Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets;  additional readings (Jung, James Joyce, Chaucer, Fenimore Cooper, Wordsworth; Lewis Carroll, et al.)  ---  as well as from SAT Test sources.


    The above are not “Works in Translation”    ---- Works in Translation such as literary works from Dostoevsky, Kafka,  Achebe, etc.  are used in IB English A1, and are translations.  Works in Translation also use many of the words on this list, in translation.

    Also important is the list of 101 books recommended by the College Board, which includes Lexile levels. 
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