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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 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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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. Ultraviolet

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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


2. Maneuver

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


3. Boycott

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


4. Suffrage

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Being without or almost without hope

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


5. Introspection

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Self-examination.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.


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