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Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

ELECTIONEERING

DEFINITION:
The activity of trying to persuade people to vote for a particular political party or candidate.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
These campaigns avoided electioneering violations because they didn’t advocate for a candidate or ballot initiative.
Denton Record Chronicle , 02/26/2024

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5 Middle School Words

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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

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

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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


2. Inference

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


3. Recede

To condescend to give or grant

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

To proclaim publicly

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


4. Nebula

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.


5. Salmonella

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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.


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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.