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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 

ABJECT

DEFINITION:
Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Participle

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

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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


2. Technique

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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


3. Solstice

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


4. Typhoon

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

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


5. Nuisance

To condescend to give or grant

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

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


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