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 

NEXUS

DEFINITION:
A means of connection; tie; link.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman said during her testimony.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 02/01/2021

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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. Rainforest

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

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

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


2. Nebula

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

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


3. Nocturnal

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Having a backbone or spinal column.

To condescend to give or grant


4. Plateau

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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


5. Inference

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

Being without or almost without hope

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


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