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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 

PERCUSSIVE

DEFINITION:
Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources.
The Denver Post, 03/18/2019

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. Laconic

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


2. Bamboozle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

The arrangement of events in time


3. Quarantine

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

An embankment built to prevent flooding


4. Nocturnal

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

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.

To proclaim publicly


5. Boycott

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.

To proclaim publicly

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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


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