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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 

STAUNCH

DEFINITION:
Very loyal and committed in attitude; constant, faithful, resolute, or steadfast.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Although Grassley has remained a staunch conservative, he at times disagreed with former Republican President Donald Trump.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 09/27/2021

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. Symbiosis

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

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

To proclaim publicly

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


2. Nocturnal

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

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.


3. Tundra

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

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


4. Stereotype

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

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


5. Cower

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To cringe in fear

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.


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