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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 


Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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. Vertebrate

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

2. Boycott

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

3. Camouflage

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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

4. Technique

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

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

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

5. Exponent

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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