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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 


An enclosed aerial walkway connecting two buildings. Also, a route used by airlines or an elevated highway.

That implication, that Minneapolis would be better off without its skyways, sparked intense debate.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 04/24/2017

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. Decorum

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Being without or almost without hope

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

2. Typhoon

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

3. Salmonella

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

4. Divulge

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

To proclaim publicly

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

5. Bizarre

The arrangement of events in time

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

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

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