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I like to challenge my students with difficult literature such as Lord of the Flies, A Separate Peace, Cloud Atlas, and Julius Caesar to name a few. Kids need to be exposed to sophisticated language. Dictionaries give them the agency and power to enhance their own vocabulary. I have found that if kids look up new words on their own, they are far more likely to retain those words. The more words they know, the less likely they will be exploited in life. Words are power. Sometimes the only obstacle to appreciating difficult literature is the meaning of a word.

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I like to challenge my students with difficult literature such as Lord of the Flies, A Separate Peace, Cloud Atlas, and Julius Caesar to name a few. Kids need to be exposed to sophisticated language. Dictionaries give them the agency and power to enhance their own vocabulary. I have found that if kids look up new words on their own, they are far more likely to retain those words. The more words they know, the less likely they will be exploited in life. Words are power. Sometimes the only obstacle to appreciating difficult literature is the meaning of a word.

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