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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 

MALFUNCTION

DEFINITION:
A failure to function or defective functioning.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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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. Zoology

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

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

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 characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


2. Ellipse

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A proportional part or share.

A schedule of prices or fees.

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


3. Decorum

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


4. Mosaic

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.


5. Parasite

To stress or emphasize; intensify

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.


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