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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 

HORRIFIC

DEFINITION:
Provoking horror; horrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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. Ellipse

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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


2. Hologram

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

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.


3. Hypocrisy

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

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


4. Sacrifice

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

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


5. Analogy

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

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


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