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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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

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

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

2. Introspection


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

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

3. Deign

To condescend to give or grant

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

4. Stereotype

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

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

5. Ellipse

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

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This Week's Word In The News 


Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.

He is receiving palliative care, and doctors have told the former mayor the next step is hospice care.
The Boston Globe, 10/27/2014