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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Laconic

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.


2. Exult

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.


3. Zoology

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

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


4. Quota

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A proportional part or share.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.


5. Quandary

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


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