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

Protagonist

Vacillate

Polygon

Parasite


2. Being without or almost without hope

Suffrage

Spectrum

Despondent

Quarantine


3. The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

Bandolier

Quota

Tempo

Xylem


4. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

Accentuate

Nocturnal

Toxin

Heritage


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

Symbiosis

Sacrifice

Mutation

Guerrilla


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This Week's Word In The News 

RESCIND

DEFINITION:
To make void; repeal or annul. To invalidate by a later action or a higher authority.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Last month, the Lee County School Board approved a moratorium on all state-mandated tests — a vote it later rescinded after learning the school district could lose millions of dollars in state funding.
The Miami Herald, 09/22/2014