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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 


A security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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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. Boisterous

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A schedule of prices or fees.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

2. Ozone

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

3. Dialogue

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

4. Technique

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

5. Plateau

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

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

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

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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