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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 

INCENDIARY

DEFINITION:
Tending to arouse strong emotion or conflict; inflammatory.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Joe Walsh, who turned a lone term in Congress representing Chicago’s northwest suburbs into a national media platform to further his incendiary political rhetoric, announced Sunday he would challenge President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination for the White House.
The Chicago Tribune, 08/26/2019

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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. Quota

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A proportional part or share.

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation


2. Hieroglyphic

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


3. Rainforest

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


4. Participle

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

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


5. Flourish

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

To proclaim publicly

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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