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 

DEVASTATING

DEFINITION:
Tending or threatening to lay to waste or overwhelm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla.
The Dayton Daily News, 07/16/2018

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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. Bizarre

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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


2. Random

To stress or emphasize; intensify

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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


3. Yacht

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

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

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

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.


4. Boisterous

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline


5. Sacrifice

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

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

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


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