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 

PLANTATION

DEFINITION:
A usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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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. Vertebrate

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

Having a backbone or spinal column.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

To proclaim publicly


2. Nebula

To proclaim publicly

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

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

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


3. Despondent

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

Being without or almost without hope

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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


4. Marsupial

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.


5. Typhoon

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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 honor the memory of with a ceremony


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