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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 

PARDON

DEFINITION:
The excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty. A release from the legal penalties of an offense.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
President Donald Trump said Saturday that he has "complete power" to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 07/24/2017

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. Rainforest

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


2. Quarantine

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

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

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

A schedule of prices or fees.


3. Impertinent

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

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

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

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


4. Labyrinth

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

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


5. Wretched

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.


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