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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 

STYMIED

DEFINITION:
To be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“The continued growth in vehicle miles traveled combined with increases in the size and weight of vehicles have stymied progress.”
The Boston Herald, 05/23/2022

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. Ultraviolet

A proportional part or share.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

Being without or almost without hope

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


2. Hypocrisy

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.


3. Formidable

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


4. Virtuoso

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The arrangement of events in time

To cringe in fear


5. Jovial

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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


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