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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 


Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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. Kilometer

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

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

2. Exponent

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

3. Toxin

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

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

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

4. Ultraviolet

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

5. Jovial

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

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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