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Words in the News

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 


Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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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. Malignant

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

2. Tumult

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

3. Tranquility

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

4. Alliteration

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

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

5. Commemorate

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

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