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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. Metaphor

Being without or almost without hope

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

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


2. Tariff

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

A schedule of prices or fees.

To cringe in fear

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


3. Voracious

The arrangement of events in time

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.


4. Quarantine

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

To proclaim publicly

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


5. Phloem

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


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