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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. A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

Phloem

Embargo

Virtuoso

Protagonist


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

Analogy

Tariff

Renegade

Immune


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

Unanimous

Nocturnal

Formidable

Kilometer


4. Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

Quarantine

Participle

Divulge

Rainforest


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

Rainforest

Bandolier

Polygon

Tsunami


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This Week's Word In The News 

PALLIATIVE

DEFINITION:
Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He is receiving palliative care, and doctors have told the former mayor the next step is hospice care.
The Boston Globe, 10/27/2014