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 


Not requested or invited; unwelcome.

It was an unsolicited copy of The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet with ties to a cult-like Chinese spiritual group called Falun Gong, whose leader has claimed he can levitate and perform healing miracles.
The Denver Post, 11/11/2019

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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. Guerrilla

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

2. Vacillate

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

3. Renaissance

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A rebirth or revival.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

4. Repose

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

5. Commemorate

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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