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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 


An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden extended their “deepest condolences” to Comperatore’s family.
The Morning Cal, 07/15/2024

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

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

2. Alliteration

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

3. Ellipse

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

4. Mutation

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The arrangement of events in time

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

5. Kilometer

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

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 movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

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