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Words in the News

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 

SKYROCKETING

DEFINITION:
To rise rapidly and suddenly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Bay Area’s wages are getting higher, far outpacing most of the country, but more residents are finding their paychecks can’t keep up with the region’s skyrocketing cost of living.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2016

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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. Gargoyle

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


2. Spectrum

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

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

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


3. Nocturnal

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


4. Hypocrisy

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.


5. Sacrifice

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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


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