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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 

DREARY

DEFINITION:
Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Forecasters were calling for a dreary Sunday with dense fog in northern parts of the state through noon and a mixture of rain and snow turning to mostly snow by the afternoon, with as much as an inch of accumulation possible.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/02/2019

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. Dialogue

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

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

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


2. Malignant

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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


3. Divulge

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

To proclaim publicly

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


4. Ultraviolet

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


5. Technique

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

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

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

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


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