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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 


The act or process of giving out parts of a whole.

Under those same drought agreements, Nevada’s allocation would be cut to 270,000 acre-feet if Lake Mead were to fall to 1,025 feet.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/29/2023

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. Accentuate

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

2. Symbiosis

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

3. Voracious

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

4. Quandary

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

5. Camouflage

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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