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 

REPERTOIRE

DEFINITION:
A list or supply of the dramas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The story of his immigrant parents, the poetry recitations and the historical references have been part of Blagojevich’s repertoire since his earliest days in politics.
The Chicago Tribune, 02/24/2020

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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. Lichen

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.


2. Symbiosis

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus


3. Chronology

The arrangement of events in time

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.


4. Divulge

To proclaim publicly

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.


5. Dialogue

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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