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

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. Wretched

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


2. Kilometer

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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.

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

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


3. Nebula

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony


4. Participle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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


5. Boycott

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

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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


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