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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 prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil. Any universal or widespread destruction or disaster.

“She’s posing with guns and talking about the apocalypse.”
The Denver Post, 09/19/2022

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. Lichen

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

2. Embargo

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

3. Deduction

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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

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

4. Tariff

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

5. Tempo

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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