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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 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

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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. Metaphor

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.


2. Light-Year

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

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

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


3. Quandary

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.


4. Rainforest

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

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

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


5. Vacillate

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

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


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