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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 


A respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

Officials and administration supporters argue that programs designed to be short-lived reprieves had remained in place for years or even decades after the upheavals that first triggered them, in some cases shielding people who came illegally or overstayed visas.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/19/2018

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. Jaunty

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

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A rebirth or revival.

2. Laconic

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

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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

3. Nuisance

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

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

4. Ozone

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

To proclaim publicly

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

5. Cower

To cringe in fear

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


Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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