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 

MOCK

DEFINITION:
Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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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. Nebula

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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


2. Typhoon

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

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


3. Guerrilla

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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


4. Vacillate

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.


5. Ozone

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.


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