Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


An account or synopsis of a possible course of action or events.

This is a scenario that played out often after 2018?s Hurricane Michael.
The Tamp Bay Times, 10/03/2022

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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. Spectrum

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

2. Nebula

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

3. Hypocrisy

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

4. Plateau

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

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 elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

To condescend to give or grant

5. Unanimous

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

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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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.