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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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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. Nocturnal

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


2. Guerrilla

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

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.


3. Unanimous

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.


4. Laconic

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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


5. Stereotype

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

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

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

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.


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