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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. Vaccine

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


2. Boycott

To cringe in fear

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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 conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.


3. Jaunty

Self-examination.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


4. Nebula

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

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


5. Aspire

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Being without or almost without hope

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


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This Week's Word In The News 

ROBUST

DEFINITION:
Requiring or characterized by much strength or energy.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
This vaccine differs from other Ebola vaccines in development because, as an inactivated whole virus vaccine, it can prime the host immune system with the complete range of Ebola viral proteins and genes, which makes it more likely to trigger a robust immune response, according to a news release from UW-Madison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2015