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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 


To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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. Parasite

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

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

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

2. Impertinent

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

3. Voracious

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

The arrangement of events in time

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

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

4. Tranquility

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A schedule of prices or fees.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

5. Yacht

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

A rebirth or revival.

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

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