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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 

DESCRIPTION

DEFINITION:
A statement or an account describing something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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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. Hypocrisy

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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


2. Yacht

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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


3. Nuisance

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Being without or almost without hope

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

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


4. Alliteration

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

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.

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


5. Polygon

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


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