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. Omnivore

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

2. Cower

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

To cringe in fear

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

3. Labyrinth

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

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

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

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

4. Repose

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

5. Stereotype

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

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