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 

EPIDEMIOLOGIST

DEFINITION:
An epidemiologist is a doctor who specializes in the patterns of diseases that spread between people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
All of the victims were adults, chief epidemiologist Jawaid Asghar said.
The Dallas Morning News, 01/22/2018

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Words in the News Quiz
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. Toxin

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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

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


2. Silhouette

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

Self-examination.

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

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


3. Analogy

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


4. Cower

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

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

To cringe in fear


5. Solstice

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

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

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


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