Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

DAUNTING

DEFINITION:
Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Following a backlash from neighbors, city workers are recommending that San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school — the latest indication of the daunting difficulties in combating homelessness.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2022

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5 Middle School Words

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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. Cower

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

To cringe in fear


2. Quandary

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A rebirth or revival.

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

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


3. Outrageous

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.


4. Participle

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


5. Sect

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

A schedule of prices or fees.


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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.