Defining Twilight

Have you heard of Defining Twilight? A teacher, Brian Leaf came up with an awesome idea! So awesome that it almost makes me wish I was in high school and needed an SAT study guide!

Here’s a little bit about it, from Brian himself!!…..

I have been teaching and tutoring for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT for almost 20 years. When I first read Twilight, I was amazed by the large number of SAT-type vocabulary words that it contains. As a teacher I am always eager to find new and interesting ways to teach vocabulary.
Thus Defining Twilight was born.

Twilight (and therefore Defining Twilight) contains a surprisingly large number of high-level vocabulary. For example, here is a list of 17 SAT-level words from only the first 10 pages of Twilight:
Noble, Sauntered, Inconsequential, Omnipresent, Exiled, Detested, Erratic, Permanence, Verbose, Permeable, Supplement, Bulbous, Stipulation, Communal, Translucent, Pallid, Niche.

Plus, to make Defining Twilight useful for students of all vocabulary levels, after defining the words used in Twilight, I present synonyms, word parts, and memorization tools. This allows me to expand the word list and include many more words, such as the following (which relate to the prior 17 words above): Ubiquitous, Capricious, Fickle, Impetuous, Sporadic, Whimsical, Eternalness, Intransience, Compendious. When I teach SAT workshops and review actual SAT tests with students, I am continually amazed at the sheer number of words from Twilight that each new SAT test contains.

You can also quote from the book’s back cover copy including endorsements:

“I never would have believed that students could study vocabulary and enjoy a great book like Twilight at the same time, but Brian Leaf makes it possible!”
–Peter Facinelli, Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilightsaga movies

“Brian Leaf has taken the pain out of studying for standardized tests. He shows students how to use Twilight to increase their word power. Who would have thought that learning vocabulary could be so much fun?”
–Bruce Hammond, Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College.

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

Thank you Brian, for everything!


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