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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. Ultraviolet

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

2. Accentuate

To proclaim publicly

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

3. Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

4. Ozone

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

5. Cower

To cringe in fear

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

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

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This Week's Word In The News 


Open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain.

"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