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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 


Impossible to ever understand, often because it is very strange or complicated.

"Honest work was never demanded of him, and no matter how badly he failed, he was rewarded in ways that are almost unfathomable."
The Los Angeles Times, 07/13/2020

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. Voracious

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

2. Hieroglyphic

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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. Parasite

To condescend to give or grant

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

4. Nocturnal

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

5. Formidable

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

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