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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 status granted after a trial period to a teacher or professor that gives protection from summary dismissal.

Lupita Montoya, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University, was denied both tenure and a chance to re-review her application after working in the college’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering since 2010.
The Boulder Daily Camera, 02/17/2020

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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. Zoology

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

2. Metaphor

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

3. Aspire

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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

4. Inference

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

5. Gargoyle

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

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