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 

JIHAD

DEFINITION:
An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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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. Laconic

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

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

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

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


2. Exult

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

To cringe in fear

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


3. Ultraviolet

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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

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.


4. Guru

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

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

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


5. Polygon

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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


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