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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 phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

WHOPPER

DEFINITION:
Something exceptionally big or remarkable.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Minneapolis officials served Burger King a whopper of their own this week, rejecting applications to reopen two of its locations because of a citywide ban on new drive-through businesses.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/16/2019

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. Cower

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

To cringe in fear

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


2. Tundra

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

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


3. Decorum

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


4. Mutation

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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


5. Malignant

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm


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