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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 

GRUESOME

DEFINITION:
Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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. Levee

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

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.


2. Aspire

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Being without or almost without hope


3. Repose

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.


4. Wretched

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

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


5. Zoology

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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

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


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