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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 


In a way that is not regular, certain, or expected.

Police officers said he was acting erratically and posed an “immediate threat,” according to the incident report.
The Orlando Sentinel, 05/20/2024

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. Bandolier

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

The arrangement of events in time

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

2. Nebula

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

3. Introspection

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


4. Gargoyle

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

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

5. Camouflage

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

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

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