Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

COMMUNAL

DEFINITION:
Individuals who gather into social groups.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It has also proved especially deadly among some communal mammals, such as elephant seals and sea lions in South America, as well as caged fur-farmed animals in Europe.
The Los Angeles Times, 04/15/2024

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5 Middle School Words

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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. Metaphor

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


2. Quota

A proportional part or share.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

Self-examination.


3. Salmonella

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

Self-examination.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.


4. Boycott

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

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

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

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


5. Jovial

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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


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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.