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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 

PARAPLEGIC

DEFINITION:
A person suffering complete paralysis of the lower half of the body, usually resulting from damage to the spinal cord.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Dayton FOP issued a statement Friday evening in defense of two officers who pulled a paraplegic man from a car during a traffic stop.
The Dayton Daily Newa, 10/11/2021

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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. Participle

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

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


2. Jaunty

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


3. Flourish

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


4. Wretched

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.


5. Aspire

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Having a backbone or spinal column.


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