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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 


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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. Bandolier

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

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

2. Exponent

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

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

3. Omnivore

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

Being without or almost without hope

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

4. Commemorate

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


To honor the memory of with a ceremony

5. Solstice

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

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

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