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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 person between the ages of 10 and 19, according to the World Health Organization. Adolescence is the transitional phase of growth and development between childhood and adulthood.

At a news conference in the governor's conference room, Hutchinson said Arkansas Children's hospitals have 24 adolescent patients suffering from COVID-19.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 08/02/2021

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. Immune

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

To proclaim publicly

2. Renegade

An embankment built to prevent flooding

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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

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

3. Jovial

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 picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

4. Lichen

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

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


In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

5. Toxin

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

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