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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.
This Week's Word In The News 

INFALLIBLE

DEFINITION:
Not capable of being wrong or making mistakes.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Students in Minnesota public high schools soon could earn credit for courses that teach the Bible or the Qur’an as infallible truth under a proposal now before the Minnesota Legislature.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/27/2017

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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. Renegade

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


2. Nocturnal

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night


3. Solstice

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


4. Labyrinth

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.


5. Eclectic

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

An embankment built to prevent flooding

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


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