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 usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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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. Typhoon

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

2. Heritage

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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

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

3. Light-Year

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

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

4. Bamboozle

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

5. Quarantine

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

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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

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

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