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 


Expressing views or ideas in a lengthy, declamatory, and unreflective way

On Saturday, speakers at the For God and Country Patriot Double Down event riled the couple hundred people who showed up to the Ahern Hotel by spouting unfounded claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election and casting doubt on COVID-19 vaccines.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/25/2021

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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. Renaissance

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

A rebirth or revival.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

2. Impertinent

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

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

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

3. Dialogue

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

4. Symbiosis

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

5. Guerrilla

To proclaim publicly

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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