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 

MALFUNCTION

DEFINITION:
A failure to function or defective functioning.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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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. Guerrilla

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

Having a backbone or spinal column.


2. Commemorate

Having a backbone or spinal column.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony


3. Tundra

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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


4. Symbiosis

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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


5. Nebula

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

A rebirth or revival.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


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