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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 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Parasite

Being without or almost without hope

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

2. Nocturnal

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

3. Exult

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

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

4. Aspire

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

5. Plateau

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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