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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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. Aspire

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The arrangement of events in time

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

2. Participle

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

3. Plateau

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

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

4. Outrageous

A rebirth or revival.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

5. Suffrage

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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