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Painless Series - All books in this series

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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Table of Contents:
    Words Don’t Hurt: How to Use This Book
  • Chapter One: Dinosaur Man
    Words in Context
  • Chapter Two: In Your Face!
    Word Forms
  • Chapter Three: The Writing Process—The 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?
    Verbal Analogies
  • 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 Words Gone?
    A Brief History of Our Language
  • Chapter Eight: Natural Disasters—Something Can Be Done
    Electronic Dictionaries
  • Chapter Nine: The Middle School Years—How Much Do They Matter?
    Using a Thesaurus
  • Chapter Ten: Bargain Hunters—Going 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 Up—Home 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 Corner—Learning to Love Books
    Word Games
  • Chapter Eighteen: Dare to “Dis”—Bullying the Bullies
    Electronic Readers
  • Chapter Nineteen: We’re Smarter Than You Are—The Younger Generation Makes Its Case
    Using the Context: A Case Study
  • Chapter Twenty: The Borrowed Child
    Looking Back
  • Appendix
    Word List
    Words from Greek and Roman Myths and Languages
    More Words to Know
  • Index


Paperback / 304 Pages / 6 x 9 / 2011


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