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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Inference

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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


2. Nebula

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

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


3. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

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

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


4. Levee

An embankment built to prevent flooding

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


5. Chronology

The arrangement of events in time

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.


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