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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Mosaic

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


2. Chronology

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

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

The arrangement of events in time


3. Renaissance

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

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

A rebirth or revival.

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


4. Tempo

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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


5. Eclectic

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


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