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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 

SMASH-AND-GRAB

DEFINITION:
A theft that involves smashing a barrier, usually a display window in a shop or a showcase, grabbing valuables, and then making a quick getaway, without concern for setting off alarms or creating noise.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A security guard has died after he was shot while protecting a Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region.
The Los Angeles Times, 11/29/2021

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. Boycott

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

To proclaim publicly

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

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


2. Toxin

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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

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

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


3. Bizarre

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

A proportional part or share.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.


4. Lichen

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


5. Delegate

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles


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