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 

PARCHED

DEFINITION:
Extremely dry because of hot weather or drought.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Patches of parched landscape have caused once-green golf courses to close and limited golf cart use, the Greeley Tribune reported.
The Denver Post, 02/18/2019

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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. Lichen

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

To cringe in fear

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


2. Quandary

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

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

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


3. Outrageous

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


4. Repose

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

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

To proclaim publicly

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


5. Quota

A proportional part or share.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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

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


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