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 

ASYLUM

DEFINITION:
A refuge granted by a sovereign state to a person who has been persecuted in their own country.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It was intended to provide guidance on the agency’s new interpretation of asylum law, which sought to make it harder for victims of domestic violence or gang violence to qualify for asylum in the U.S.
The Denver Post, 10/22/2018

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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. Tundra

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


2. Divulge

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

To proclaim publicly

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

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


3. Quandary

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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


4. Tranquility

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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


5. Heritage

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


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