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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 


Carried or transported or transmitted by the thing specified.

The Boston Public Health Commission is warning of a dangerous rat-borne disease that puts the homeless at “high risk” as the rodent population and encampments boom side by side in Mass and Cass.
The Boston Herald, 10/18/2021

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. Polygon

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

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

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

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

2. Tsunami

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

3. Heritage

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

4. Light-Year

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

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

5. Introspection

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


The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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

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