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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 

MOLDY

DEFINITION:
Overgrown or filled with mold; mildewed; musty; fusty; decaying; stale.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He did not specify the problems he saw, but other school officials said moldy classrooms, dirty walls and poorly functioning doors and windows were key concerns on the campus.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/24/2019

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
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. Virtuoso

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

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


2. Protagonist

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


3. Cower

To cringe in fear

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


4. Boycott

A rebirth or revival.

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

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


5. Malignant

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

Self-examination.

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


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