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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 


To take funds, especially illegally or deceitfully, from another source in small increments.

According to Forbes, Ross is alleged to have siphoned or stolen more than $120 million from business partners and customers.
The Boston Globe, 08/13/2018

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. Vaccine

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

To proclaim publicly

2. Guerrilla

To proclaim publicly

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

The arrangement of events in time

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

3. Laconic

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

Being without or almost without hope

4. Introspection


Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

5. Vacillate

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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