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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 


A respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. Wretched

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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

2. Bizarre

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

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


Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

3. Plateau

To proclaim publicly

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

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

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

4. Hieroglyphic

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

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

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.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

5. Participle

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

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

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

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