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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. Omnivore

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

Being without or almost without hope

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

2. Bandolier

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

3. Chronology

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

The arrangement of events in time

4. Mutation

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

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

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

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

5. Tranquility

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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This Week's Word In The News 


Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group.

Here’s the genesis of gridlock and dysfunctional government: A trio of Republican candidates for the state House has delivered a manifesto demanding no compromise or consensus building with Democrats in the next term.
The Detroit News, 09/29/2014