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 


A cessation of operations or activity, as at a factory or government department.

"If I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security - when you look at the caravan, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in," the president said.
The Chicago Tribune, 11/19/2018

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Words in the News Quiz
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. Laconic

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

2. Typhoon

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

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

3. Lichen

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

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

4. Inference

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

5. Chronology

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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

The arrangement of events in time

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