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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 


An act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.

he president also threatened to invoke the insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy federal troops to quell the protests.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 06/08/2020

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. Undulate

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

2. Light-Year


A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

3. Virtuoso

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

4. Xylem

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

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

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

5. Exult

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

A proportional part or share.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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