This list of 12th grade spelling words contains 60 very difficult words. Your high school students should learn the spelling, pronunciation and meaning of each word. This word list is also great for anyone who is planning to compete in a spelling bee.
Use the printable page to see all 60 words.
The printable list includes all 60 of our 12th grade spelling words. The complete list appears below for your convenience, along with links to additional lists of difficult words appear.
Please note that this is a general list to supplement other curriculum. The needs of your students may vary.
Quick Quiz: Now find a word in the list above for each of these definitions. You can find my answers below.
1) an ancient type of wheat
2) a dog breed
3) a type of glazed potter
4) a monetary unit in Poland
5) women's fashion designer
6) thin, crisp breadsticks
7) government by the worst people
See my answers below, under the BLUE button.
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Learn more about unfamiliar words, words with tricky vowel combinations, silent consonants, double consonants and more. Follow the links to additional word lists and study tools! Words on the list include abecedarian, absquatulate, boutonniere, cappuccino, connoisseur, diaphanous, impuissance, logorrhea, pastiche, psephology, querulous, rinceau, terpsichorean, and many, many more.
Try some of these brain teasers and word puzzles to challenge your high school students. Spelling has never been so much fun, or so tricky! Find lots more brain teasers, crosswords, and word scrambles by using the blue tabs at the left.
Pull-Apart Synonyms - Extremely challenging free word scramble game! Can you pull apart these letters, without rearranging them, to spell a pair of synonyms? Is this as easy as it sounds???
Travel Teaser - One of our most difficult logic brain teasers. Can you figure out who went where and when? If you enjoy solving logic brain teasers, you must try this one! You'll need to know the correct spellings of several tricky words, plus you'll need to read carefully, and -- of course -- use skills in logic and critical thinking.
Rhymonyms TM - Challenging new word play for upper grade students and adults. Think of a pair of rhyming words for each set of synonyms. Printable, free and fun! It's one of my own original puzzle formats, and I think you're going to love it!!!
An Impossible Brain Teaser - This looks straightforward, for sure. But just wait until you try to solve it for yourself! Careful reading and spelling skills required.
Brain Teasers for Adults & Upper Grade Students - Two REALLY difficult letters with hidden messages. Good spelling skills are the key to uncovering them!
Cryptogram Worksheet: Puzzle page for upper grades. Includes instructions so students, parents or teachers can make more cryptogram puzzles with any word list.
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