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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 

SKYWAY

DEFINITION:
An enclosed aerial walkway connecting two buildings. Also, a route used by airlines or an elevated highway.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
That implication, that Minneapolis would be better off without its skyways, sparked intense debate.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 04/24/2017

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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. Nuisance

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


2. Decorum

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony


3. Boycott

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

To proclaim publicly

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.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.


4. Omnivore

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


5. Levee

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


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