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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 


Paralysis, generally partial, whereby a local body area is incapable of voluntary movement.

In his third season doing TV play-by-play for the White Sox, Jason Benetti has become a familiar figure to the baseball community, as have his cerebral palsy and the distinct limp that goes with it.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/21/2018

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. Tempo

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

2. Guru

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

To cringe in fear

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

3. Despondent

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

Being without or almost without hope

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

4. Mutation

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.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

5. Nebula

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

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

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