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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


A stage of postgraduate medical training.

The rural residency program provides doctors with the specialized training they need to work in rural areas and recruit them to remain in those communities once their three-year residency program is completed.
The Rocky Mount Telegram, 12/04/2023

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. Laconic

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

2. Recede

To cringe in fear


To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

3. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

4. Rainforest

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

5. Accentuate

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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