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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. Unanimous

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

To condescend to give or grant

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

2. Boisterous

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

3. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

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

A rebirth or revival.

4. Phloem

A rebirth or revival.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

5. Sacrifice

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

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This Week's Word In The News 


Pertaining to or characteristic of an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

A push to use state taxpayer dollars to continue the program failed in the Republican-led state Senate earlier this year, killed by ideological and fiscal objections.
The Denver Post, 08/03/2015