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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 that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Boycott

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

2. Fallacy

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

To proclaim publicly

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

3. Analogy

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

4. Quarantine

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

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

5. Accentuate

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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