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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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. Tranquility

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

2. Hypocrisy

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A rebirth or revival.

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

3. Wretched

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

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

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

4. Nocturnal

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

5. Pulverize

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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