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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 

UNITY

DEFINITION:
A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Stereotype

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.


2. Sacrifice

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


3. Protagonist

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.


4. Tsunami

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night


5. Fallacy

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


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