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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. Tariff

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A schedule of prices or fees.

Having a backbone or spinal column.


2. Sacrifice

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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

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

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus


3. Kilometer

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

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


4. Exponent

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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


5. Sect

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

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


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