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 

GIG

DEFINITION:
A job usually for a specified time.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Row is part of the “gig-economy” of independent workers in Colorado — a growing number of whom use phone apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb to connect directly with customers and allow more flexibility than traditional work.
The Denver Post, 08/14/2017

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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. Ultraviolet

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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.

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


2. Light-Year

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

Being without or almost without hope

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

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.


3. Phloem

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

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

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


4. Jaunty

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief


5. Lichen

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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


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