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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 


Deeply or utterly confused or perplexed.

Even the agency’s top official is bewildered by how Piney Point was ever allowed to become a dump site run by an inexperienced private company.
The Tampa Bay Times, 04/19/2021

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. Solstice

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

2. Accentuate

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

3. Tundra

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

4. Laconic

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

5. Silhouette

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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