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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. Camouflage

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

2. Despondent

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Being without or almost without hope

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

3. Parasite

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

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

4. Light-Year

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

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

A rebirth or revival.

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

5. Plateau

A rebirth or revival.

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

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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