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 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.
This Week's Word In The News 

COMMODITY

DEFINITION:
An article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service. Something of use, advantage, or value.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Proponents contend subjugating nature as a commodity, used to satisfy human demands, is leading to disaster as the climate warms, and they’re pressing for a new paradigm.
The Denver Post, 07/26/2021

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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. Vacillate

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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


2. Mutation

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Having a backbone or spinal column.


3. Cower

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

To cringe in fear

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


4. Maneuver

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

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


5. Ozone

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.

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit


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