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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 


Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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. Mosaic

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

2. Enthusiastic

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

3. Technique

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

4. Rainforest

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

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

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

5. Mutation

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

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

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