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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 


To upset; disturb. To stir up public interest in a cause.

He also attends California State University, Stanislaus, in nearby Turlock, where students say he’s agitated on racial issues.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/21/2017

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. Aspire

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

2. Jaunty

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

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

3. Alliteration

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

The arrangement of events in time

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

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

4. Boisterous

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

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

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

5. Flourish

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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