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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 

NONSENSICAL

DEFINITION:
Conceived or made without regard for reason or reality; foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Willmeng is suing the 546-bed hospital to get his job back, saying his actions were compelled by personal safety, and the policy behind his May 8 firing was nonsensical.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/10/2020

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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. Enthusiastic

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


2. Typhoon

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

To cringe in fear

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

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.


3. Metaphor

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.


4. Parasite

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

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

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

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


5. Boycott

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


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