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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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. Guru

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

2. Flourish

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

3. Aspire

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A proportional part or share.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

4. Embargo

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

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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

5. Formidable

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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