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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 

GRUESOME

DEFINITION:
Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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. Typhoon

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

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

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


2. Ellipse

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

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


3. Heritage

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

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

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

To condescend to give or grant


4. Quandary

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


5. Technique

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

To proclaim publicly

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

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.


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