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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 


The activity of trying to persuade people to vote for a particular political party or candidate.

These campaigns avoided electioneering violations because they didn’t advocate for a candidate or ballot initiative.
Denton Record Chronicle , 02/26/2024

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. Ellipse

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

2. Repose

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

3. Cower

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

To cringe in fear

4. Flourish

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

5. Quandary

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

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