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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 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Polygon

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

A proportional part or share.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

2. Cower

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

To cringe in fear

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

3. Tariff

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A schedule of prices or fees.

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

4. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

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

5. Chronology

The arrangement of events in time

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

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

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