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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 


The state of being legally responsible for something. Liability insurance provides protection against claims resulting from injuries and damage to people and/or property.

In two separate votes, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday night passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance requiring residents who own a gun to carry liability insurance and pay an annual fee aimed at reducing gun violence — a divisive move that is sure to set off a series of legal challenges.
The Mercury News, 01/31/2022

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. Recede

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

2. Laconic

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

3. Hieroglyphic

The arrangement of events in time

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

4. Tariff

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

5. Undulate

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

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

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

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