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 

SPECULATE

DEFINITION:
To indulge in conjectural thought.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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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. Nuisance

A rebirth or revival.

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

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

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


2. Flourish

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

A schedule of prices or fees.


3. Wretched

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


4. Strategy

To proclaim publicly

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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


5. Analogy

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify


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