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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.

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

Flourish

Typhoon

Mutation

Virtuoso


2. One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Boycott

Exponent

Suffrage

Solstice


3. Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Analogy

Random

Nebula

Symbiosis


4. Having a backbone or spinal column.

Protagonist

Quota

Vertebrate

Jovial


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

Vaccine

Deduction

Labyrinth

Laconic


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This Week's Word In The News 

RENDITION

DEFINITION:
An interpretation, as of a role or a piece of music.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Lizbet Martínez, the Cuban rafter girl who warmed the hearts of U.S. Coast Guard officers and many others across the nation 20 years ago with her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, still has the violin that made her famous.
The Miami Herald, 09/01/2014