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 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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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. Spectrum

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

2. Ultraviolet

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A schedule of prices or fees.

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.

3. Repose

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

To proclaim publicly

4. Undulate

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

To proclaim publicly

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

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

5. Deign

To condescend to give or grant

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

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

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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