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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 


A job usually for a specified time.

Row is part of the “gig-economy” of independent workers in Colorado — a growing number of whom use phone apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb to connect directly with customers and allow more flexibility than traditional work.
The Denver Post, 08/14/2017

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. Toxin

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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

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

2. Tsunami

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

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

To stress or emphasize; intensify

3. Technique

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

4. Yacht

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

The arrangement of events in time

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

5. Quarantine

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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