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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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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. Guerrilla

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


2. Strategy

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Self-examination.


3. Immune

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Self-examination.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


4. Plateau

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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


5. Random

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


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