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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 

DILAPIDATED

DEFINITION:
A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. Accentuate

Being without or almost without hope

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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


2. Chronology

The arrangement of events in time

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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


3. Nuisance

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

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


4. Deduction

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

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


5. Rainforest

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.


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