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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 

LOCKDOWN

DEFINITION:
A security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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. Labyrinth

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

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


2. Sect

A rebirth or revival.

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


3. Wretched

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


4. Nebula

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

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


5. Deduction

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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


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