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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 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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

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. Vaccine

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

2. Vertebrate

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

3. Impertinent

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

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

4. Omnivore

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

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

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

5. Ultraviolet

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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 proportional part or share.

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