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 


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

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. Omnivore

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Having a backbone or spinal column.

2. Inference

Having a backbone or spinal column.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A proportional part or share.

3. Marsupial

Being without or almost without hope

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

4. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

5. Hologram

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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