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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. Malignant

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


2. Maneuver

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


3. Analogy

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


4. Metaphor

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


5. Boycott

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

A proportional part or share.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


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This Week's Word In The News 

AMBIGUOUS

DEFINITION:
Open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"The current law is ambiguous," said Todd Maron, Tesla's general consul. "That ambiguity is why the dealers, through these last-minute tactics, have gone to change the law."
The Detroit News, 10/20/2014