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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 


An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. Solstice

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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.

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

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

2. Omnivore

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

3. Exponent

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

4. Ozone

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

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

5. Flourish

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

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

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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