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 


Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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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. Solstice

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

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

2. Eclectic

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

To proclaim publicly

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

3. Phloem

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

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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

4. Embargo

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

5. Impertinent

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

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

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

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