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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Light-Year

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

To cringe in fear

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

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

2. Solstice

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

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

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

3. Levee

To stress or emphasize; intensify

An embankment built to prevent flooding

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

4. Quarantine

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

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

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

To proclaim publicly

5. Unanimous

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

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

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