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


Antibiotics are medicines that treat infections by killing bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria get used to an antibiotic and no longer respond to it.

McDonald’s on Tuesday announced steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in its global beef supply, a major commitment from the nation’s largest beef purchaser to address concerns about a rise in drug-resistant infections.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/17/2018

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. Nuisance

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

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

2. Quarantine

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

3. Boisterous

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

4. Introspection

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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


To condescend to give or grant

5. Xylem

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

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

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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.

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