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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 


Overgrown or filled with mold; mildewed; musty; fusty; decaying; stale.

He did not specify the problems he saw, but other school officials said moldy classrooms, dirty walls and poorly functioning doors and windows were key concerns on the campus.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/24/2019

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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. Rainforest

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

To proclaim publicly

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

2. Quandary

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

3. Plateau

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

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

4. Outrageous

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

5. Laconic

To cringe in fear

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

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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