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 


Not capable of being wrong or making mistakes.

Students in Minnesota public high schools soon could earn credit for courses that teach the Bible or the Qur’an as infallible truth under a proposal now before the Minnesota Legislature.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/27/2017

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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. Typhoon

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

2. Enthusiastic

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

3. Ellipse

The arrangement of events in time

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

Being without or almost without hope

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

4. Maneuver

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A proportional part or share.

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

5. Levee

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

An embankment built to prevent flooding

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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