Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


In a way that is not regular, certain, or expected.

Police officers said he was acting erratically and posed an “immediate threat,” according to the incident report.
The Orlando Sentinel, 05/20/2024

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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. Introspection


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

To cringe in fear

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

2. Impertinent

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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

3. Metaphor

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

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

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

4. Silhouette

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

5. Heritage

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

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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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.