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A Vocabulary Workbook for Students and Young Adults

"Longtime teacher Oswald assembles a genuinely useful and enjoyable vocabulary-building guide." Publishers Weekly

 

 

"Expertly organized and presented... making it ideal for use with middle school students, high schoolers, and adults." Midwest Book Review

 

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Publishing (October 6, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970973438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970973436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Paperback Price: $19.95 

Available from Amazon or a bookstore near your.

Available for schools from Follett and Ingram Distributors

 

 

Click here to read an article I wrote about vocabulary that appeared in Christian School Products newsletter

 

With study after study showing the correlation between an extensive vocabulary and higher socio-economic status and income levels, the need for a strong vocabulary in our fast-paced, competitive, and global society has never been more important (see studies below). After teaching high school in the Chicago Public Schools for over twenty years and spending countless hours preparing students for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, I truly believe a good vocabulary is the key to success in school and the employment world. I have taught countless students who get blown out of the water on these tests because they lack the reading and vocabulary skills to even understand many of the questions on these tests let alone the complex reading passages they see on these exams. This is especially true for special needs students and English language learners (read more below).  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at joe@joeoswald.com

 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read a review that appeared March 9, 2020 in Publishers Weekly's BookLife.com

 

The review is listed below the book's description. The review appeared in the March 9th print issue of Publishers Weekly. Here are quotes from BookLife's review of Vocabulary for Champions:

 

"Longtime teacher Oswald assembles a genuinely useful and enjoyable vocabulary-building guide."

 

"Teens and adults at all stages of life can benefit from this well-constructed workbook for learning mid-level English vocabulary."

 

"This breezy, fast-moving, guide can help anyone looking to build their word power."

 

"To avoid overwhelming the reader with heaps of words, Oswald builds in short quizzes at regular intervals, ensuring the lessons are absorbed and the reader can recognize words in context." 

 

"Oswald keeps the guide fresh with fun techniques such as crosswords puzzles and word searches."

 

"By the time the reader reaches the general vocabulary section, the rhythm created by Oswald's method makes it simple to approach new words..." 

 

"The finance section is especially useful, as Oswald digs into terms related to mortgages, assets, and savings plans, educating readers on basic financial literacy as well as vocabulary." 

 

Click here to read the full review from Midwest Book Review

Click here to read an article I wrote about vocabulary that appeared in Christian School Products newsletter 

Click here to watch a video tour of the book

Click here to preview and purchase this book on Amazon.com

Click here to read the March 23, 2020 press release

Click here to read the November 2019 press release

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

● Prepare for the SAT, ACT, and GRE

● Improve reading, writing, speaking, test-taking

● Core subject-area vocabulary

● Economics and personal finance vocabulary

●Resume-building vocabulary

●Greek and Latin roots

●Common Latin expressions

●Commonly misused words

●Great for English language learners

●Complete with quizzes and word puzzles

●Distinguish yourself and outshine the competition

●Recommended for 6th-12th grades and beyond

 

Read my history of Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood

 

 

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A glacier from the last ice age, Potawatomi Indians, fur traders, railroads, prominent architects, large historic homes, a real Irish castle, bitter annexation battles and the challenges of racial integration are all part of the history of this Southwest Side neighborhood known as "The Village in the City."  After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park community developed as a "country retreat" for Chicago's social and economic elite. Since then, the Ridge Historic District has become one the largest urban historic districts in the nation with over 120 historically and architecturally significant structures.  Located just 20 minutes from downtown and boasting of tree-lined streets, mansions sitting atop rolling hills, and the largest average home and lot sizes in the city, this community remains one of the highest socio-economic neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. In fact, Beverly was recently ranked the third wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago in terms of median income. Despite the neighborhood's beautiful mansions and unique history, the community remains quietly tucked away in an area of the city many people are not familiar with, making it one of Chicago's best kept secrets. 

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Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park
ISBN # 0-7385-3153-7
Copyright 2003, by Joe Oswald

Published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series, this book is available at major bookstores throughout Chicago, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. 

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