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 list or supply of the dramas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform.

The story of his immigrant parents, the poetry recitations and the historical references have been part of Blagojevich’s repertoire since his earliest days in politics.
The Chicago Tribune, 02/24/2020

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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. Recede

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

2. Symbiosis

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

3. Deduction

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

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

To proclaim publicly

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

4. Voracious

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

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

5. Bizarre

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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