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Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT (Defining Series) Paperback – July 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470507438 ISBN-10: 0470507438 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Defining Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; 1 edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470507438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470507438
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

"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

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This publication has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any entity that created or produced the Twilight series of books or 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, coauthor of Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College

"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 Twilight saga movies)

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? 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

  • Plus, you'll learn synonyms, word parts, and memorization tools throughout the workbook


More About the Author

Brian Leaf, M.A., is the author of eleven books, including Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, Name That Movie!, Defining Twilight, and McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills for a Top Score. He is the only man alive to have written both a yoga memoir and multiple test-prep guides. He is not sure if this is a noble or dubious distinction.

Brian is Director of the New Leaf Learning Center in Massachusetts, where he has helped thousands of students from throughout the United States manage ADD and overcome test and math phobias.

Brian graduated from Georgetown University in 1993 with a B.A. in Business, English, and Theology.
In 1999, he completed a Masters through Lesley College specializing in yoga and ayurveda for Attention Deficit Disorder.
Brian is certified as a Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Energyworker, and Holistic Educator, and he is an avid meditator. He has also dabbled with Bach Flower Essences, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu, and Tai Chi. Can you top that?

So what's the connection between yoga and test-prep? Let's just say that one of Brian's first yoga teaching gigs was at the ETS corporation (Educational Testing Service) in Princeton, NJ. They're the folks who make the SAT. So now Brian gets paid hundreds of dollars per hour to share what he learned while the test-makers were half asleep in relaxation pose.

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The book is easy to follow and has very helpful exercises for learning vocab.
Reading in the Mountains
With Defining Twilight, Brian Leaf has done something next to impossible: he has made preparing for standardized tests like the SAT fun.
Library Mom
While reading Defining Twilight, I enjoyed checking the words back and forth between the meanings, and finding them in Twilight.
Evie

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Bauer on March 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Apparently, if you need help with your upcoming college entrance exams and you're a Twihard you can combine your love of trying to get into college with your love of horrible fiction. It's like my worst nightmare in one book. I can't imagine anybody, being so far gone that they'd feel compelled to buy these books to study with. I could say some mean things about their educational aspirations but since I'm not educationally superior I'll not. Though, in my opinion, there's a difference between being educated and having and education. However, OH! MY! GOD! If you made it to the SAT's without knowing the definition of desolate, haggard, infectious, and affability, then getting into college isn't your biggest problem.
This is what's wrong with people today. If you want to really learn grammar and vocabulary, read real books. Dickens, Austen. Twain, or Tolkien, Lewis, White, and L'Engle if you want some fantasy. The only big words that should be inserted into ones vocabulary when discussing Meyers is misogynistic, banal, and depthless.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ardem Whaile on October 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Twilight as a test prep book.

.....Huh?

How on earth is this possible? Yes, Stephenie Meyer knows how to use a thesaurus, but many times throughout her books she MISuses the words. She uses them in the wrong context, she excessively uses some words ("dazzle" and "murmur" are used way too many times) and this is only talking about her word choice. Her grammar is atrocious, and is convoluted and horrific in places. Not to mention the sexism and classism prevalent in the series.

Just look at this blog, [...] which conveniently analyses and pinpoints the many, many mistakes and problems in general of the series. If this Brian Leaf is going to make a test prep book, he should at least base it off of a book that has some concept of, you know, editing.

But then again: the book sells, the people using it probably aren't smart enough to notice the atrocity of Twilight as it is, and the book sells.

And I guess that's all that really matters (to Brian Leaf).
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Ostiguy on July 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to improve their vocabulary and/or standardized test scores. Fans of "Twilight" will no doubt appreciate the references to words and characters from that book, but one does not need to read the novel to find Mr. Leaf's methods engaging and highly effective.

As an educational professional, I am very impressed with Mr. Leaf's ability to increase the reader's vocabulary (and ability to determine the meaning of unknown words) while seamlessly weaving in loads of invaluable exam taking strategies and techniques. "Defining Twilight" is a powerful educational tool that I highly recommend to parents and teachers, fans of "Twilight," or anyone who is seeking an engaging and enjoyable way to harness the power of words.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alison's VINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Petulance. Providentially. Surreptitiously. Insolent. Omnipresent.

Did you notice that these are SAT vocabulary words? Did you notice that they are can also be found in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight?

I recently read a review of <em>Twilight</em>, and the reviewer stated how the language felt like a teenager showing off what they learned in their last SAT prep class. I'm not sure I agree, but if it feels like SAT prep, and it looks like SAT prep, then, by all means, let's make it SAT Prep! And that is precisely what Brian Leaf does in his book, Defining Twilight, a vocabulary workbook for unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT.

What better way to make the connection between vocabulary and writing than to choose a book that teens already love to read?

I have to say, Brian Leaf's workbook is relatively painless. The layout of the book is great. Each section begins with 8 vocabulary words and the page you can find them in the Twilight text. Based on the context, you are to come up with your own definition. Then, you check the definition, its synonyms, word parts, and do memorization drills. In all, there are 40 groups of vocabulary words, adding almost 400 words to your vocabulary!

I was worried about the page numbers relating to different editions of Twilight. I checked it against my own copy, which is a first edition hardcover, and all the page numbers matched up.

No, I didn't do the entire workbook, and I was glad to see I knew the majority of the words highlighted in the book, but I had fun finding a few words that aren't currently a part of my everyday vocabulary. I am by no means a wordsmith, but I do enjoy building my bucket of 5-cent words.
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I could not take the SAT in high school; I am preparing for a college entrance exam after working a few years. I felt it better to prepare for the SAT in order to be ready for the test I will take in the future (I hope the test will be SAT-based).

With my expanded vocabulary, I can communicate better with my college-educated friends. This book has me ready for the test I'll face soon. I'll look for some of the other titles authored by Brian Leaf, like the ACT Math, or ACT English, Reading, and Science.
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