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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.
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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. To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Xylem

Bamboozle

Hologram

Typhoon


2. A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Typhoon

Maneuver

Commemorate

Symbiosis


3. Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Laconic

Malignant

Hieroglyphic

Enthusiastic


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

Hieroglyphic

Enthusiastic

Antibody

Labyrinth


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

Kilometer

Heritage

Ozone

Embargo


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This Week's Word In The News 

AMBIGUOUS

DEFINITION:
Open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"The current law is ambiguous," said Todd Maron, Tesla's general consul. "That ambiguity is why the dealers, through these last-minute tactics, have gone to change the law."
The Detroit News, 10/20/2014