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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 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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. Accentuate

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

To stress or emphasize; intensify


2. Toxin

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


3. Plateau

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

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


4. Bamboozle

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


5. Deduction

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.


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