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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 


An organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.

As parasites, they invade bacterial cells and use their machinery to replicate, destroying bacteria in the process.
The Dallas Morning News, 06/25/2018

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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. Deign

To condescend to give or grant

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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

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

2. Parasite

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

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

Having a backbone or spinal column.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

3. Tsunami

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

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

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

4. Formidable

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

5. Omnivore

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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