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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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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. Laconic

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

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

2. Jaunty

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

3. Aspire

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


To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

4. Marsupial

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

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

Being without or almost without hope

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

5. Renegade

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

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

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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