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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 

MALFUNCTION

DEFINITION:
A failure to function or defective functioning.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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. Metaphor

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


2. Boycott

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

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

To cringe in fear

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


3. Hypocrisy

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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


4. Toxin

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.


5. Tempo

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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