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Relinquish control of this Junebug or burn!

Manga – Japanese-style graphic novels – account for 20% of books checked out from libraries, according to this Bloomberg News story. So it must have seemed a great way to help teens build their vocabulary in preparation for SAT and ACT tests.

Kaplan has produced three vocabulary building manga, each with 300 prep words, their definitions in the margins. Characters shout threats like, “Relinquish control of this Junebug or burn!”

Students can learn definitions in context. But really, how does “relinquish control” make for better reading than “let go!”?

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