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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 diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

Nebula

Bizarre

Alliteration

Antibody


2. The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

Alliteration

Antibody

Omnivore

Technique


3. To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

Undulate

Spectrum

Boisterous

Vacillate


4. 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.

Tsunami

Hieroglyphic

Camouflage

Repose


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

Guerrilla

Random

Suffrage

Guru


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This Week's Word In The News 

NOXIOUS

DEFINITION:
Physically harmful or destructive to living beings

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Supporters say a statewide bag ban is needed to wipe out a particularly noxious form of litter that kills marine life in the Pacific Ocean and costs Californians $25 million a year to collect and bury.
The San Jose Mercury-News, 08/25/2014