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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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. Decorum

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.


2. Immune

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


3. Levee

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

An embankment built to prevent flooding


4. Participle

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

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


5. Unanimous

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Being without or almost without hope

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


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