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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.
This Week's Word In The News 


An enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked especially by loud and prolonged applause.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain, received a standing ovation as she walked to the stage.
The Denver Post, 11/30/2015

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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. Malignant

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

2. Impertinent

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

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.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

3. Protagonist

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

4. Eclectic

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

To proclaim publicly

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

5. Gargoyle

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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