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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 


A person who authorizes another to act in his or her behalf, as a voter in a district represented by an elected official.

Lining up behind microphones Sunday evening, a few hundred of Rep. Paul Ryan’s constituents directed their wrath and disapproval toward an empty chair.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/27/2017

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. Boycott

To proclaim publicly

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

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

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

2. Vacillate

To condescend to give or grant

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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

3. Dialogue

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

4. Introspection


One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

5. Bandolier

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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