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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 


A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. Commemorate

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

To condescend to give or grant

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

2. Antibody

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

3. Symbiosis

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

4. Virtuoso

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

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

5. Bandolier

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

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