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 

NEXUS

DEFINITION:
A means of connection; tie; link.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman said during her testimony.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 02/01/2021

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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. Alliteration

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


2. Renegade

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

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

A schedule of prices or fees.


3. Flourish

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.


4. Metaphor

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


5. Gargoyle

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Being without or almost without hope


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