Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

DILAPIDATED

DEFINITION:
A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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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. Divulge

Having a backbone or spinal column.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

To proclaim publicly

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


2. Rainforest

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


3. Formidable

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

Being without or almost without hope

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


4. Alliteration

Being without or almost without hope

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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


5. Enthusiastic

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

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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


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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.