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 

MISINFORMATION

DEFINITION:
False information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
GoFundMe has joined a growing list of social media companies cracking down on anti-vaccination propaganda to help stop the spread of misinformation.
The Chicago Tribune, 03/25/2019

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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. Laconic

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

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).


2. Protagonist

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

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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


3. Metaphor

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.


4. Flourish

To cringe in fear

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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


5. Vertebrate

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

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Having a backbone or spinal column.


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