Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

Following a backlash from neighbors, city workers are recommending that San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school — the latest indication of the daunting difficulties in combating homelessness.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2022

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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. Bizarre

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

2. Exponent

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

3. Nocturnal

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

4. Mosaic

To cringe in fear

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

5. Vaccine

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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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.