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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.
This Week's Word In The News 


An American football player who drops the ball from his hands and kicks it before it touches the ground.

As first reported by Altitude Sports’ Vic Lombardi, Britton Colquitt, the Broncos’ veteran punter who was once the highest-paid player at his position, has been asked by the team to take a significant cut off his $3.25 million salary for 2016.
The Denver Post, 08/29/2016

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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. Light-Year

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

2. Nebula

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

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

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

3. Renaissance

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

A rebirth or revival.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

4. Bizarre

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

5. Guerrilla

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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