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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 weight suspended from a pivot so that it can swing freely.

The grim forecast was driven by lower than projected state revenues, continuing a pendulum swing from the fiscal boom of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Los Angeles Times, 05/13/2024

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. Hypocrisy

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

2. Jovial

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

3. Immune

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.


Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

4. Bandolier

A proportional part or share.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

5. Nocturnal

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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