Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A person who controls the dogs that are pulling a sled.

mushers have reported a range of reasons for sitting out Alaska’s most famous sporting tradition.
The Anchorage Daily News, 12/12/2022

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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. Virtuoso

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

2. Outrageous

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

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

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

3. Dialogue

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

4. Repose

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

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

5. Polygon

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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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.