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 failure to function or defective functioning.

With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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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. Commemorate

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

2. Boycott

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

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

3. Technique

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.


To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

4. Wretched

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To condescend to give or grant

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

5. Divulge

The arrangement of events in time

Being without or almost without hope

To proclaim publicly

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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