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 


A failure to function or defective functioning.

With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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Words in the News Quiz
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. Eclectic

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

2. Lichen

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

To proclaim publicly

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

3. Malignant

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

4. Gargoyle

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

5. Typhoon

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

A proportional part or share.

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