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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Sacrifice

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


2. Voracious

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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

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


3. Labyrinth

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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

The arrangement of events in time


4. Hypocrisy

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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


5. Fallacy

Self-examination.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.


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