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 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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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. Embargo

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

A proportional part or share.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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


2. Ultraviolet

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

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

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.


3. Outrageous

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


4. Participle

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

To cringe in fear

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


5. Exponent

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Self-examination.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


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