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 

SPECULATE

DEFINITION:
To indulge in conjectural thought.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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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. Guru

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

To stress or emphasize; intensify


2. Rainforest

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


3. Zoology

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

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


4. Quandary

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit


5. Quarantine

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

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


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