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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. Polygon

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


2. Dialogue

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative


3. Maneuver

To proclaim publicly

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


4. Protagonist

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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


5. Typhoon

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

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


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This Week's Word In The News 

POSTHUMOUS

DEFINITION:
Occurring or continuing after one's death

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
By favoring personal privacy over a family's wishes, the companies hope to appeal to the unspoken will of their users while also lessening the bureaucratic hassle of complying with millions of posthumous requests.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/31/2015