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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 


A list or supply of the dramas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform.

The story of his immigrant parents, the poetry recitations and the historical references have been part of Blagojevich’s repertoire since his earliest days in politics.
The Chicago Tribune, 02/24/2020

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. Cower

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

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

To proclaim publicly

To cringe in fear

2. Pulverize

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

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

3. Kilometer

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

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

4. Marsupial

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

5. Fallacy

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.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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