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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. Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

Yacht

Outrageous

Virtuoso

Embargo


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

Quarantine

Guerrilla

Plateau

Hologram


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

Hologram

Maneuver

Guru

Renegade


4. Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Wretched

Nocturnal

Enthusiastic

Symbiosis


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

Tundra

Nebula

Delegate

Nuisance


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This Week's Word In The News 

COLIFORM

DEFINITION:
Relating to a rod-shaped bacteria normally present in the intestine

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Company officials said tests indicate that water in the affected area has E. coli and total coliform, bacteria that can make people sick.
The San Jose Mercury News, 07/27/2015