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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

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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. Laconic

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

2. Levee

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

A rebirth or revival.

3. Salmonella

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

4. Renegade

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

5. Nuisance

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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