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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 


Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

Following a backlash from neighbors, city workers are recommending that San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school — the latest indication of the daunting difficulties in combating homelessness.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2022

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. Typhoon

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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

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

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

2. Stereotype

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

3. Outrageous

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

4. Sacrifice

A proportional part or share.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

5. Kilometer

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

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

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