The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Ten – Vocabulary

Throughout The Prince and the Pauper, both Tom and Edward find themselves on literal and figurative journeys to get back to their old lives. So naturally, certain words that are synonymous with “path”, “track” and “journey” come up many times throughout the story. Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 10 is…COURSE

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Nine – Vocabulary

Have you ever used a phrase like “the vast majority” or have heard something like “In a vast desert like the Sahara…” Sometimes we start using these common phrases, without necessarily thinking about what the individual words mean. Let’s break it down! Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 9 is…


Mark Twain’s wonderful descriptive skills often create a picture in the reader’s mind of a number of different scenes from Tudor England. When describing facades, crowds, banquet halls, and other items related to royal life at the time, there is often no better way to describe them but “vast”. Keep reading or watch the video below to dive into this word.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Eight – Vocabulary

In Chapter 8, we find out how the king approved royal documents in a time where literacy rates were low, and signatures would be mostly meaningless. So what would be used instead? Today our vocab word is…


The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Seven – Vocabulary

The vocabulary word for Chapter 7 in The Prince and the Pauper is a versatile one. It is a verb that can be applied to behavior, physics, music, leadership, and all with slightly different meanings. Today we dive into the word…


The word ‘conducted’ comes up in The Prince and the Pauper fourteen times! For this reason, and for the somewhat unique way in which Twain uses it in the story, it became an ideal choice for a vocab word focus. Read the post or watch the video to get more information about the word.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Six – Vocabulary

One of the hardest things about reading Classic stories is cracking the “code” of the old-fashioned language. That “code” usually involves two different types of vocabulary hurdles — words with unknown definitions and words with unknown grammatical patterns. In our previous blog post we discussed one of the typical grammatical patterns seen in Classics, second person pronouns (thou, thee, thy, etc.). Another common pattern revolves around 2nd and 3rd person verb endings that have since changed. Today our vocabulary words for Ch. 6 are…


Hopefully you can see by looking at these words what they have in common, especially when looking at the word endings. Keep reading or watch the video below to connect the dots completely!

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Five – Vocabulary

If you ever get the opportunity to meet someone royal in person, it’s probably pretty important to know how to speak to them. Both past and present royals have specific titles that you are required to address them by. Today for our Chapter 5 vocab words, we are examining…

lord, master, highness, grace, liege, worship, majesty

Depending on your familiarity with the language used with royals, you may or may not have already known that all of these words can be used as titles to address kings, queens, princes, and princesses. Throughout The Prince and the Pauper, we see these terms frequently used in different ways. But they essentially all mean the same thing. Read the blog or watch the video for more info!

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Four – Vocabulary

What word comes to mind when you think of a scientist or a hatter? What does someone mean when they say someone has a few screws loose? Or that someone has gone bananas? Our Prince and the Pauper Chapter 4 vocab word focus for this week is…


The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Three – Vocabulary

When someone is trying to sound fancy or old-fashioned, what words do they choose to use? When imitating (or for some people, mocking) Shakespeare, what words do people choose to include? It is likely that today’s vocabulary words would be included in those examples. Today we’re going to change things up a bit and instead of focusing on one vocabulary word, we’re focusing on a set of words that are all related. Today’s vocab words are…


You might easily be able to see the connection between most of these words (except for one that tends to stand out), but really they all have one important similarity. YOU! Watch the video to dive into today’s vocabulary words.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Two – Vocabulary

The word “offal” is an interesting one for many reasons. It is featured on many different occasions in The Prince and the Pauper in all different Pontes Books versions. Although this word appears many times in the story, the word meaning does not actually play a large part in the plot. Rather, it is a fun easter egg that Mark Twain includes in the story only for those who understand its meaning. Check out the video or read the blog to find out more!