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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 


A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. Mutation

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

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

2. Boycott

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

3. Maneuver

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

4. Tariff

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A schedule of prices or fees.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

5. Spectrum

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

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