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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. Bizarre

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A schedule of prices or fees.

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


2. Camouflage

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


3. Tsunami

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

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

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


4. Inference

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


5. Heritage

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

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


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This Week's Word In The News 

INSIDIOUS

DEFINITION:
Causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the Higher One scam was “further evidence of the insidious and widespread nature” of stolen IDs and tax-refund fraud in South Florida.
The Miami Herald, 05/25/2015