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Words in the News

Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

TABLEAU

DEFINITION:
A picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
More than 600 “sister marches” were planned around the world, and plenty of men were part of the tableau, too.
The Detroit News, 01/23/2017

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!


1. Formidable

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


2. Quandary

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.


3. Cower

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A rebirth or revival.

To cringe in fear

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.


4. Exult

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.


5. Renegade

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.


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