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 

ENGULF

DEFINITION:
To swallow up in or as in a gulf; overwhelm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A man was killed after his speeding Tesla crashed and became engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, police say.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/20/2020

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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. Phloem

To proclaim publicly

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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


2. Accentuate

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

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

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify


3. Tempo

Being without or almost without hope

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


4. Formidable

A rebirth or revival.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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


5. Delegate

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.


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