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 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.
This Week's Word In The News 


Carried or transported or transmitted by the thing specified.

The Boston Public Health Commission is warning of a dangerous rat-borne disease that puts the homeless at “high risk” as the rodent population and encampments boom side by side in Mass and Cass.
The Boston Herald, 10/18/2021

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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. Undulate

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

2. Guerrilla

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

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

3. Jaunty

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.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

4. Tumult

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

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

5. Protagonist

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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