100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know
Some time ago, I posted “The 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know” by American Heritage Dictionary. It received lots of traffic. Then I created an online quiz to test yourself. That was great too — hundreds of quiz takers so far.
But American Heritage has also published their “100 Words Every Middle School Graduate Should Know” and I found it just as interesting. So, I’ve published the list also with each word hyper-linked to its definition on the American Heritage site. I’ve got another quiz too. You can test your knowledge of these words by clicking the link below the list.
Please understand that these lists are purely subjective and somewhat arbitrary. I have no idea how they went about nominating and including the words they did. Some, particularly on the high school list, seem unnecessarily obscure and rare. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know some or even many of them. It doesn’t really mean anything. It’s just a fun way to see what we know.
Take the quiz and see how well you do!
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The malleable link sends you to luminous
Where are the definitions of the words?
Click on them.
this is so helpful! thanks, peeps!
I’m going to grade 5. My mom refer this website to me in the end of school year. So I do one spelling word a day and I used it in a sentence. By Christmas I’will be done. Thank you Brian
You’re welcome Nicolas. It’s great to have you here.
I took the quiz and banish and disdain were incorrectly counted wrong. I double checked your dictionary to be sure there was no obscure meaning I was missing, but the definitions matched the ones I selected that were counted wrong. I am an ELA teacher with over twenty years of experience and I was pretty sure those were right! Just wanted to let you know so you could check it out. I am going to link to it from my school page and I didn’t want to hear any whining.
I checked and the quiz is set up correctly. This isn’t the first complaint like this, though. There must be some issue with Polldaddy, the service I use for the quizzes. Did you mark the correct answer, but the site record it as a different answer? That’s what I’ve heard before.
I’ll talk to them about this occasional inconsistency.
i likes it because it teach people words. and it is my first to use it
These words are in conjunction with this book. Great resource for middle school teachers. I teach 8th grade LA, and we use it for our Word of the Day.
I got 98%, but it graded it incorrectly. I checked back on my answers. Don’t know if I got something marked correct, that was really wrong — didn’t check everything. Would be interesting to see how my fourth and fifth graders score.
I’ll double check your score, Carole, if you put your name on it. If not, I’ll just check the answers generally. I’ve not heard of any mistakes prior to now, but it’s certainly possible.
I’d love to hear how your 4th and 5th graders do!
99% — missed “obscure,” because I wasn’t sure if you meant the verb or the adjective. But I knew all the words! 😀
Outstanding, CJ! You are smarter than a middle schooler.
I changed one answer on the “obscure” question, CJ. I understand how it confused you. One extra credit point awarded. 🙂
All right, 100%! The only one that really threw me for a loop was “egregious,” which I had never heard before. However, I thought it might be somehow related to “gregarious,” and figured it out from there. Turns out it’s not related except by a mutual Latin root for “flock.” Who knew?
Really? Flock? Interesting.
I got a 90%. I knew most of the words, and that is a good thing, as I am in high school.
Well done, JJ!