Yak’s Corner
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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 poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

Toxin

Symbiosis

Divulge

Participle


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

Unanimous

Tsunami

Tumult

Ultraviolet


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

Sacrifice

Spectrum

Laconic

Decorum


4. Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

Salmonella

Ozone

Suffrage

Dialogue


5. A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Suffrage

Dialogue

Light-Year

Maneuver


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This Week's Word In The News 

CARCINOGEN

DEFINITION:
Any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The gases and vapors can include benzene, a carcinogen, as well as hydrocarbons like ethane, propane and butane.
The Denver Post, 05/18/2015