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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 

HORRIFIC

DEFINITION:
Provoking horror; horrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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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. Omnivore

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.


2. Quarantine

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

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

To proclaim publicly


3. Plateau

A rebirth or revival.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

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

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


4. Maneuver

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.


5. Sect

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

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


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