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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. Light-Year

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

2. Stereotype

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

3. Salmonella

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

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

4. Decorum

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

5. Mutation

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

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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This Week's Word In The News 


Injurious to someone's name or reputation.

In an equally unusual turn, prosecutors fired back by calling Walker's comments inaccurate, offensive and defamatory — with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm suggesting Walker could be criminally charged for lying.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/27/2015