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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 


Going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess.

Officers who use excessive force will face additional criminal penalties, including up to 10 years in prison.
The Baltimore Sun, 04/12/2021

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. Suffrage

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

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

2. Tranquility

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.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

3. Guru

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

4. Bamboozle

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Having a backbone or spinal column.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

5. Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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