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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 

OUTLANDISH

DEFINITION:
Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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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. Deduction

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

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

To honor the memory of with a ceremony


2. Ellipse

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

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

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


3. Nebula

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

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


4. Alliteration

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

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


5. Voracious

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

A proportional part or share.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


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