Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

EMBARKING

DEFINITION:
To begin a course of action.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Howell’s lawsuit had accused Meldeau, 77, of embarking on a campaign of harassment and urged the court to require him to employ an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida to report any future potential code violations on Howell’s property.
Fort Luderdale Sun-Sentinel, 05/27/2024

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5 Middle School Words

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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. Ozone

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


2. Silhouette

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


3. Guru

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.


4. Phloem

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

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


5. Guerrilla

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A schedule of prices or fees.

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


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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.