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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 


Not ashamed of or embarrassed by one's bad behavior.

As bold as he was when fighting his tickets, he was equally brazen in his professional life.
The Chicago Tribune, 06/05/2023

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. Voracious

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

2. Cower

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

To cringe in fear

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

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

3. Tsunami

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

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

4. Impertinent

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

5. Vacillate

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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