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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 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Bamboozle

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

2. Recede

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

3. Analogy

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

4. Mosaic

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

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

The arrangement of events in time

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

5. Malignant

The arrangement of events in time

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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