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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Commemorate

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

To cringe in fear


2. Virtuoso

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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


3. Renaissance

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

A rebirth or revival.

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


4. Toxin

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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


5. Accentuate

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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


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