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 


A status granted after a trial period to a teacher or professor that gives protection from summary dismissal.

Lupita Montoya, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University, was denied both tenure and a chance to re-review her application after working in the college’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering since 2010.
The Boulder Daily Camera, 02/17/2020

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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. Fallacy

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

2. Plateau

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

3. Parasite

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

4. Ozone

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

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

5. Rainforest

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

To proclaim publicly

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

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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