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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 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Spectrum


A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

2. Toxin

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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

3. Repose

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

4. Xylem

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

5. Solstice

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

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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