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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. Strategy

Being without or almost without hope

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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


2. Silhouette

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

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

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

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


3. Guru

A proportional part or share.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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


4. Pulverize

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Self-examination.

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

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


5. Vaccine

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


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This Week's Word In The News 

IMPISH

DEFINITION:
Resembling an imp; mischievous.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Cocking her head with an impish grin, 6-year-old Francisca Ajtum gives her holiday voice a spin at home in Florida City.
The Miami Herald, 12/15/2014