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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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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. Toxin

A schedule of prices or fees.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

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

2. Impertinent

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

3. Kilometer

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

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

4. Tempo

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

5. Embargo

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

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