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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 


The quality of being clear and easy to understand.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he’s seen little clarity on basic questions: whether there would still be a police department and if so, whether Medaria Arradondo, the city’s first black chief, would continue to lead it.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/29/2020

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. Gargoyle

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

A schedule of prices or fees.

2. Metaphor

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

A schedule of prices or fees.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

3. Vacillate

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

4. Nuisance

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

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

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

5. Camouflage

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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