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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 

SPECULATE

DEFINITION:
To indulge in conjectural thought.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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. Levee

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

To stress or emphasize; intensify


2. Metaphor

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


3. Protagonist

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


4. Hologram

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

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


5. Jaunty

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

Being without or almost without hope

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


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