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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Embargo

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

2. Antibody

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

3. Deign

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

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

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

To condescend to give or grant

4. Guru

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

5. Random

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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