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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 


Something exceptionally big or remarkable.

Minneapolis officials served Burger King a whopper of their own this week, rejecting applications to reopen two of its locations because of a citywide ban on new drive-through businesses.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/16/2019

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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. Guerrilla

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

A proportional part or share.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

2. Exult

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

3. Flourish

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

4. Formidable

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

5. Divulge

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

To proclaim publicly

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

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