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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Mutation

To cringe in fear

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.


2. Tumult

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

A rebirth or revival.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


3. Alliteration

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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


4. Guerrilla

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

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

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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


5. Jovial

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.


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