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 


Confinement or imprisonment, usually for a short time.

A push to ban privatized immigration detention centers across Illinois is headed for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/20/2019

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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. Solstice

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

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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

2. Despondent

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

Being without or almost without hope

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

3. Tranquility

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

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

4. Parasite

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

5. Malignant

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


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