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Words in the News

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

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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. Flourish

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

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

2. Nuisance

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

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

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

3. Random

A proportional part or share.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

4. Boycott

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Being without or almost without hope

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

5. Strategy

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

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

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

The arrangement of events in time

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