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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 

OUTLANDISH

DEFINITION:
Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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. Sect

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

Being without or almost without hope

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness


2. Technique

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm


3. Aspire

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.


4. Boisterous

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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


5. Tranquility

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

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.


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