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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 

QUASHED

DEFINITION:
To put an end to or destroy. To officially say that something is not to be accepted.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Gohmert seemed to refer to the idea that solar flares are causing widespread climate change, a claim scientists have repeatedly quashed.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 06/14/2021

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. Heritage

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

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

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


2. Tundra

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


3. Quandary

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


4. Exponent

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

A rebirth or revival.


5. Decorum

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct


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