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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Heritage

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

2. Hieroglyphic

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.


A schedule of prices or fees.

3. Strategy

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

4. Vaccine

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

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

5. Suffrage

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

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