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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 

DREARY

DEFINITION:
Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Forecasters were calling for a dreary Sunday with dense fog in northern parts of the state through noon and a mixture of rain and snow turning to mostly snow by the afternoon, with as much as an inch of accumulation possible.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/02/2019

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. Guerrilla

A schedule of prices or fees.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

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


2. Hieroglyphic

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


3. Vertebrate

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Having a backbone or spinal column.


4. Stereotype

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

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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


5. Suffrage

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


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