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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Despondent

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

Being without or almost without hope

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

2. Mutation

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

3. Dialogue

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

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.

4. Polygon

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

5. Technique

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

The arrangement of events in time

To cringe in fear

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

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