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 


The quality of being clear and easy to understand.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he’s seen little clarity on basic questions: whether there would still be a police department and if so, whether Medaria Arradondo, the city’s first black chief, would continue to lead it.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/29/2020

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Words in the News Quiz
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. Impertinent

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

2. Hypocrisy

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

3. Solstice

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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.

4. Eclectic

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

5. Vertebrate

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

To condescend to give or grant

The arrangement of events in time

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