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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

BORNE

DEFINITION:
Carried or transported or transmitted by the thing specified.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Boston Public Health Commission is warning of a dangerous rat-borne disease that puts the homeless at “high risk” as the rodent population and encampments boom side by side in Mass and Cass.
The Boston Herald, 10/18/2021

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. Laconic

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


2. Gargoyle

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


3. Lichen

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,


4. Recede

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

To stress or emphasize; intensify


5. Ultraviolet

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm


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