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 

OBSTRUCTING

DEFINITION:
Hindering from passage, action, or operation; to block or close up.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Klein was arrested Thursday in Virginia and faces charges including obstructing Congress and assaulting officers using a dangerous weapon.
The Tampa Bay Times, 03/08/2021

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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. Ellipse

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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


2. Yacht

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


3. Spectrum

A proportional part or share.

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

Being without or almost without hope

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


4. Ultraviolet

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.

A schedule of prices or fees.

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

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


5. Tumult

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.


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