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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 


Provoking horror; horrible.

“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck,” read the statement from attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two African-Americans killed in recent high-profile incidents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 06/01/2020

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. Spectrum

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

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

2. Boisterous

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

3. Guerrilla

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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

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

4. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

5. Heritage

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

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

The arrangement of events in time

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

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