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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 


Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

Following a backlash from neighbors, city workers are recommending that San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school — the latest indication of the daunting difficulties in combating homelessness.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2022

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. Quarantine

A rebirth or revival.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

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

2. Hologram

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

3. Tempo

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

4. Vacillate

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

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

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

5. Despondent

Being without or almost without hope

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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