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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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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. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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


2. Polygon

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

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


3. Hieroglyphic

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

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

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


4. Yacht

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

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

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

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


5. Silhouette

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

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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


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