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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 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 


Marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style.

The mudslides ravaged the tony community, destroying at least 65 homes and damaging more than 460 others, officials said.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/15/2018

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

2. Deduction

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To condescend to give or grant

3. Zoology

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

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

A rebirth or revival.

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

4. Flourish

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

5. Stereotype

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

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