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 

DETENTION

DEFINITION:
Confinement or imprisonment, usually for a short time.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A push to ban privatized immigration detention centers across Illinois is headed for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/20/2019

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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. Commemorate

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


2. Boycott

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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


3. Lichen

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


4. Introspection

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

Self-examination.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


5. Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A proportional part or share.


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