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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Pulverize

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A proportional part or share.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.


2. Vaccine

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

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


3. Exponent

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


4. Labyrinth

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

Being without or almost without hope


5. Technique

To cringe in fear

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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


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