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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 

ABJECT

DEFINITION:
Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Metaphor

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

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).


2. Bamboozle

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold


3. Malignant

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

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


4. Gargoyle

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

A rebirth or revival.

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


5. Repose

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.


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