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 


A security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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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. Mosaic

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

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

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

2. Fallacy

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

3. Accentuate

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

4. Boisterous

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

An embankment built to prevent flooding

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

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

5. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

To condescend to give or grant

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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