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. Kilometer

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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


2. Nuisance

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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


3. Quandary

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.


4. Fallacy

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief


5. Rainforest

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

To stress or emphasize; intensify


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