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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Nuisance

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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

2. Ozone

To cringe in fear

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

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

3. Phloem

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

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


The arrangement of events in time

4. Ellipse

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

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

5. Heritage

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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

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

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