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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Vacillate

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

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

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

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


2. Technique

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


3. Analogy

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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


4. Polygon

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

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

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


5. Tariff

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

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


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