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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 

GRUESOME

DEFINITION:
Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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. Deduction

Having a backbone or spinal column.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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


2. Plateau

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


3. Salmonella

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

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


4. Tsunami

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

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


5. Ultraviolet

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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