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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 


An organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.

As parasites, they invade bacterial cells and use their machinery to replicate, destroying bacteria in the process.
The Dallas Morning News, 06/25/2018

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. Impertinent

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

2. Quarantine

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

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

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

3. Renaissance

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

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 rebirth or revival.

4. Voracious

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

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.

5. Light-Year

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

Being without or almost without hope

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

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

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