Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


Moving into all areas of something and difficult to stop. An invasive species is a non-native organism causing damage to an established environment.

On the eve of this weekend’s famed Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee, state wildlife officials met to ponder the management of a disease-carrying invasive frog with powerful legs, a dopey smile and a dangerous appetite.
The San Jose Mercury New, 05/22/2023

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5 Middle School Words

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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. Plateau

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

2. Tundra

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

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

3. Strategy

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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.

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

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

4. Renaissance

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

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A rebirth or revival.

5. Ellipse

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

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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.