Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

AMNESTY

DEFINITION:
A forgetting or overlooking of any past offense, especially to a class of persons as a whole.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Musk said he would grant “amnesty” for suspended accounts and causing yet more uncertainty for users.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/28/2022

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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. Analogy

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

To proclaim publicly

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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


2. Protagonist

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


3. Delegate

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

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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


4. Boisterous

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.


5. Quandary

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

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.