Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


Individuals who gather into social groups.

It has also proved especially deadly among some communal mammals, such as elephant seals and sea lions in South America, as well as caged fur-farmed animals in Europe.
The Los Angeles Times, 04/15/2024

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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. Metaphor

Being without or almost without hope

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

2. Wretched

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

To proclaim publicly

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

3. Inference

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

4. Virtuoso

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

5. Dialogue

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

The arrangement of events in time

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

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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.