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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 

ILLICIT

DEFINITION:
Forbidden by law, rules, or custom.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A motorist accused of being involved in an illicit street race that led to a crash that killed two teenagers last month accelerated his car to keep up with the victims’ vehicle, which was traveling about 75 mph, the Metropolitan Police Department alleged in an arrest report.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/08/2024

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. Heritage

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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

Self-examination.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.


2. Sect

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

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


3. Bamboozle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


4. Analogy

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal


5. Impertinent

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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

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

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.


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