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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 

DILAPIDATED

DEFINITION:
A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. Bizarre

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

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


2. Toxin

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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


3. Analogy

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

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

To stress or emphasize; intensify


4. Mosaic

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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


5. Tsunami

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

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

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


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