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 act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 billion more people on the way by 2050.
The Denver Post, 01/14/2019

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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. Spectrum

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

2. Embargo

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

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

3. Enthusiastic

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

4. Plateau

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

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

5. Jaunty

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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