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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 


Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

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. Metaphor

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

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

2. Yacht

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

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

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

3. Tumult

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

4. Exult

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

To stress or emphasize; intensify

5. Pulverize

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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