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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. Heritage

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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

2. Camouflage

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

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

A proportional part or share.

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

3. Protagonist

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

4. Sacrifice

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

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

To condescend to give or grant

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

5. Technique

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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This Week's Word In The News 


Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.

He is receiving palliative care, and doctors have told the former mayor the next step is hospice care.
The Boston Globe, 10/27/2014