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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.
This Week's Word In The News 


An enclosed aerial walkway connecting two buildings. Also, a route used by airlines or an elevated highway.

That implication, that Minneapolis would be better off without its skyways, sparked intense debate.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 04/24/2017

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. Omnivore

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

2. Bizarre

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

To condescend to give or grant

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

3. Enthusiastic

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

4. Wretched

A rebirth or revival.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

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

5. Toxin

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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