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 


To come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity. To become known.

Defense lawyers in Wisconsin have said the success or failure of a courtroom self-defense claim could hinge on questions about the teen’s actions before he fired and details that have yet to emerge.
The Chicago Tribune, 09/28/2020

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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. Vaccine

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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

2. Polygon

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

3. Impertinent

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

To proclaim publicly

4. Embargo

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

5. Quarantine

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

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

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

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

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