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 principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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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. Wretched

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

2. Light-Year

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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

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

3. Protagonist

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

4. Ozone

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

5. Commemorate

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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