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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 

STAUNCH

DEFINITION:
Very loyal and committed in attitude; constant, faithful, resolute, or steadfast.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Although Grassley has remained a staunch conservative, he at times disagreed with former Republican President Donald Trump.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 09/27/2021

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. Renaissance

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A rebirth or revival.

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

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


2. Heritage

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

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.


3. Guerrilla

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

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

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.


4. Recede

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark


5. Fallacy

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Having a backbone or spinal column.


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