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 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.
This Week's Word In The News 


Carried or transported or transmitted by the thing specified.

The Boston Public Health Commission is warning of a dangerous rat-borne disease that puts the homeless at “high risk” as the rodent population and encampments boom side by side in Mass and Cass.
The Boston Herald, 10/18/2021

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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. Solstice

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

2. Sacrifice

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

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

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

3. Flourish

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

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.

4. Salmonella

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

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

5. Guerrilla

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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