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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Quota

A proportional part or share.

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


2. Guerrilla

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


3. Toxin

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

A rebirth or revival.

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

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.


4. Labyrinth

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

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

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


5. Eclectic

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

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


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