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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 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Plateau

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

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

2. Dialogue

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

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

3. Mutation

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

4. Outrageous

To condescend to give or grant

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

5. Quota

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A proportional part or share.

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

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