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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 


Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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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. Introspection

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


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

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

2. Despondent

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

Being without or almost without hope

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

3. Impertinent

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

4. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

The arrangement of events in time

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

5. Heritage

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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

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