Word Up! Words of the Week for the Rest of the Semester


UNASSIGNED: adj. (describes a noun or pronoun)

  1. not allocated or or set aside for a specific purpose
  • Sentence:
    • At the beginning of the year, the books, calculators, and materials were still unassigned.


EXCEED: v. (describes an action)

  1. to be greater in number or size than something else
  2. to go beyond, to be better, to surpass
  • Sentence:
    • It was the hope of the teachers that that students would exceed expectations and ace the end of semester exams!


FEDERATION: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. a group of states with a central government but independence in internal affairs
  • Sentence:
    • The oldest continuous federation is actually the United States!


GENDER: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. the state of being male, female, or other, typically referring to social and cultural constructs rather than biological sex
  • Sentence:
    • Recent movements in the United States have pushed for family or gender neutral bathrooms to accommodate for privacy and mixed family situations.


SCIENCE Level 3 Power Word of the Week

Polar: adj. (describes a noun or pronoun)

  1. referring to the North or South poles
  2. having opposite magnetic or electrical powers or energies
  • Sample:
    • Some would say the best relationships are when polar opposites attract.


ATTACHMENT: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. an extra part or extension that can be added to something
  2. the condition of being linked or bonded to something or someone
  • Sentence:
    • The retiring teacher developed quite an attachment to her students at the end of the year.


EXPERTISE: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. expert skill or knowledge in a particular field
  • Sentence:
    • The teachers were recognized by their peers for demonstrating expertise in their fields.


FEES: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. a payment made for advice or services
  • Sentence:
    • Most colleges and universities, and many high schools charge student activity fees to support clubs, organizations, and activities.


IGNORANT: adj. (describes a noun or pronoun)

  1. lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated, or unsophisticated
  • Sentence:
    • It is a shame that many students are still graduating from high school ignorant of many skills and necessary conditioning for dealing with the adult world.


SOCIAL STUDIES Level 3 Power Word of the Week

Integration: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. the action or process of merging 2. the finding of an integral or integrals in math
  • Sample:
    • The majority of racial integration movements and corresponding laws occurred between 1954 and 1967, beginning with Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.


AUTHORSHIP: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. the fact or or position of someone having written a book
  • Sentence:
    • So many people contributed to the Bible that it is difficult to discern authorship of many sections and passages.


EXPLICITLY: adv. (modifies or describes an adjective, verb or adverb)

  1. to make something abundantly clear
  • Sentence:
    • The student was asked to explicitly describe the process in which he had come to his conclusions in the experiment.


INCENTIVES: n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. a thing that motivates or encourages a person to do something
  • Sentence:
    • Cool Comet Coupons, Comet Cash, and gifts and prizes from the library are all forms of incentives used to reward students for meeting comet expectations in behavior and also in reading.


LANGUAGE ARTS Level 3 Power Word of the Week

Editorial: adj. (describes a noun or pronoun) n. (person, place, thing, or concept)

  1. adj.- of or relating to the commission or creation of a publication
  2. n. – a publication article written by an editor expressing an opinion on a topical issue
  • Sample:
    • The students began to add editorials to the online student newspaper reflecting their opinions on current events and topics.