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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 condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Gargoyle

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

2. Maneuver

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

3. Typhoon

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

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

4. Embargo

To condescend to give or grant

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

5. Delegate

The arrangement of events in time

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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

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