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 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.
This Week's Word In The News 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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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. Delegate

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A rebirth or revival.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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


2. Commemorate

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony


3. Ellipse

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

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

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


4. Levee

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

A proportional part or share.

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding


5. Immune

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


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