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 


Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

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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. Suffrage

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

2. Zoology

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

3. Random

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

4. Bamboozle

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

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

5. Bizarre

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

Being without or almost without hope

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

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