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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. Protagonist

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

Self-examination.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


2. Silhouette

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

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


3. Spectrum

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

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

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

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


4. Malignant

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.


5. Marsupial

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

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Being without or almost without hope


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This Week's Word In The News 

TRANSPARENCY

DEFINITION:
Characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Cigna, the health insurance company, offers an Internet-based transparency tool that shows plan members price information on the 200 most common procedures, which make up about 70 percent of the company’s medical claims, said Mark Slitt, a spokesman.
The Miami Herald, 09/15/2014