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 


Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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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. Ozone

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The arrangement of events in time

2. Commemorate

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

3. Recede

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

4. Typhoon

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

A rebirth or revival.

5. Tsunami

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

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

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

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