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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. Eclectic

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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


2. Solstice

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

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

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


3. Spectrum

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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

A rebirth or revival.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.


4. Technique

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

A schedule of prices or fees.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus


5. Symbiosis

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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This Week's Word In The News 

DE RIGUEUR 

DEFINITION:
Strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Multicourse meals based on a book’s theme is de rigueur for one group, while black authors and characters spark the discussion in another.
The Miami Herald, 11/24/2014