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 

PALSY

DEFINITION:
Paralysis, generally partial, whereby a local body area is incapable of voluntary movement.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In his third season doing TV play-by-play for the White Sox, Jason Benetti has become a familiar figure to the baseball community, as have his cerebral palsy and the distinct limp that goes with it.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/21/2018

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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. Zoology

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

Self-examination.


2. Spectrum

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).


3. Despondent

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

Being without or almost without hope


4. Solstice

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

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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

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


5. Dialogue

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.


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