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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 

HORRIFIC

DEFINITION:
Provoking horror; horrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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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. Technique

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

A proportional part or share.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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


2. Alliteration

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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


3. Rainforest

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

To cringe in fear

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.


4. Unanimous

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

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


5. Embargo

A schedule of prices or fees.

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

Being without or almost without hope

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


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