Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A forgetting or overlooking of any past offense, especially to a class of persons as a whole.

Musk said he would grant “amnesty” for suspended accounts and causing yet more uncertainty for users.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/28/2022

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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. Lichen

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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 characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

2. Phloem

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

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

3. Immune

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

4. Wretched

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

5. Antibody

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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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.