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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 

TRANSITIONAL

DEFINITION:
Relating to or characterized by transition; "adolescence is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood"

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The 100 or so residents watching at The Crossing, a transitional shelter in northwest Denver, began to dance.
The Denver Post, 02/08/2016

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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. Jaunty

To condescend to give or grant

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


2. Stereotype

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.


3. Laconic

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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. Lichen

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit


5. Chronology

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

The arrangement of events in time

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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


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