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

Laconic

Ellipse

Mosaic

Kilometer


2. Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Sect

Formidable

Commemorate

Tumult


3. To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Bizarre

Rainforest

Recede

Phloem


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

Pulverize

Quarantine

Alliteration

Cower


5. Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

Unanimous

Antibody

Hypocrisy

Jovial


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This Week's Word In The News 

AMBIGUOUS

DEFINITION:
Open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
"The current law is ambiguous," said Todd Maron, Tesla's general consul. "That ambiguity is why the dealers, through these last-minute tactics, have gone to change the law."
The Detroit News, 10/20/2014