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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. Boycott

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

Self-examination.

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

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


2. Xylem

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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


3. Bamboozle

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A rebirth or revival.


4. Ellipse

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


5. Despondent

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Being without or almost without hope


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This Week's Word In The News 

DE RIGUEUR 

DEFINITION:
Strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Multicourse meals based on a book’s theme is de rigueur for one group, while black authors and characters spark the discussion in another.
The Miami Herald, 11/24/2014