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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 


A principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. Kilometer

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

2. Yacht

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

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

3. Repose

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

4. Solstice

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

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

5. Spectrum

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

A schedule of prices or fees.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

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

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