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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Aspire

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Self-examination.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus


2. Bamboozle

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


3. Tranquility

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


4. Xylem

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.


5. Strategy

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

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


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