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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 cessation of operations or activity, as at a factory or government department.

"If I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security - when you look at the caravan, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in," the president said.
The Chicago Tribune, 11/19/2018

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. Outrageous

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

2. Polygon

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A schedule of prices or fees.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

3. Sect

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

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

4. Voracious

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

5. Deign

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

To condescend to give or grant

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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