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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

OBSTRUCTING

DEFINITION:
Hindering from passage, action, or operation; to block or close up.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Klein was arrested Thursday in Virginia and faces charges including obstructing Congress and assaulting officers using a dangerous weapon.
The Tampa Bay Times, 03/08/2021

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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. Ellipse

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

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


2. Tempo

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A schedule of prices or fees.

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


3. Exponent

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

To condescend to give or grant

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


4. Nocturnal

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night


5. Quarantine

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus


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