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 

MOCK

DEFINITION:
Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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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. Tundra

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

A proportional part or share.


2. Guerrilla

A proportional part or share.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.


3. Exult

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


4. Flourish

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


5. Tsunami

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.


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