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 

HORRIFIC

DEFINITION:
Provoking horror; horrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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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. Silhouette

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

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

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

To proclaim publicly


2. Phloem

To proclaim publicly

To condescend to give or grant

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

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.


3. Maneuver

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


4. Bizarre

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

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


5. Mosaic

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

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

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

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


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