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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 

DESCRIPTION

DEFINITION:
A statement or an account describing something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Documents released Tuesday also revealed that Yanez couldn’t provide investigators with a detailed description of the driver of the car he pursued, thinking he resembled a suspect in a recent robbery.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/26/2017

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. Quandary

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit


2. Typhoon

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd


3. Omnivore

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

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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


4. Levee

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.


5. Plateau

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

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


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