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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 


Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

Following a backlash from neighbors, city workers are recommending that San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school — the latest indication of the daunting difficulties in combating homelessness.
The San Jose Mercury News, 09/26/2022

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. Rainforest

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

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

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

2. Nuisance

A schedule of prices or fees.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

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

3. Participle

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

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

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

4. Immune

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

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

5. Symbiosis

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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