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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. Antibody

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

The arrangement of events in time

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

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


2. Bizarre

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

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

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief


3. Spectrum

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

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

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


4. Quota

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

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.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A proportional part or share.


5. Symbiosis

Self-examination.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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


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This Week's Word In The News 

LANDFALL

DEFINITION:
The reaching of land by an oceanic storm or a part, especially the eye, of a storm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
We now enter our 10th year since then and still not a single hurricane has had a Florida landfall.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/22/2015