Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A situation that is complicated and unpleasant, and about which many facts are not clear.

What happened next is murky.
The Duluth News Tribune, 03/27/2023

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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. Dialogue

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

2. Mutation

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

3. Nocturnal

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


Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

To condescend to give or grant

4. Plateau

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

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

5. Malignant

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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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.