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 


Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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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. Stereotype

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

To cringe in fear

2. Decorum

To cringe in fear

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

3. Light-Year

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

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

4. Maneuver

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

5. Typhoon

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

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

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