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Daily Reader: Edition #121

Learn 74 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about the decline in the butterfly population, the history of the circus, and the true cost of college basketball.

1. Monarch Butterflies Hit New Low; "Worrisome" Trend
National Geographic, 3/18/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

National Geographic: Monarch Butterflies Hit New Low; "Worrisome" Trend

Butterflies may be one of the most beloved signs of spring! But recent studies show that the monarch butterfly population is on the decline. Read more about what is causing these low numbers and learn vocabulary words like advocates, fluctuations, herbicide, impose, migration, phenomenon, vulnerable, and withstand.

2. Three Rings to Rule Them All
The Wall Street Journal, 3/22/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 31

WSJ: Three Rings to Rule Them All

Circuses weren't always the high-flying death-defying performances that they are today. Read more about how circuses evolved from small-time sideshows into modern-day extravaganzas and learn vocabulary words like arcane, contemporary, detractors, existential, interludes, jargon, pantomime, and patronized.

3. College Sports Spending: The Real March Madness?
Time, 3/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 22

Time: College Sports Spending: The Real March Madness?

If you are a U.S. college student, you are paying a lot more for college basketball than just the bracket entry fee in your buddy's March Madness pool. Part of your tuition is going towards paying for college sports! Read more and learn vocabulary words like devotion, infuriating, perception, productive, resolve, sustain, and verbatim.

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