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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. Being without or almost without hope

Toxin

Despondent

Impertinent

Nuisance


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

Nuisance

Jaunty

Spectrum

Nebula


3. The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

Accentuate

Phloem

Introspection

Parasite


4. To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Lichen

Protagonist

Bamboozle

Marsupial


5. In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Embargo

Wretched

Inference

Zoology


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This Week's Word In The News 

WHIMSICAL

DEFINITION:
Spontaneously fanciful or playful; given to whims; capricious; quaint, unusual, or fantastic.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
whimsical new plans unveiled by Google to expand its corporate headquarters captivated its hometown city and the world Friday, the latest step by a tech giant to catapult Silicon Valley from tilt-up office dullsville to a region of architectural landmarks.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/02/2015