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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 


A paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.

Gunfire erupted Friday morning near the Third Street promenade in Santa Monica when a guard carrying money from an armored truck shot at a man armed with a knife who police say tried to rob him.
The Los Angeles Times, 08/19/2019

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. Polygon

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

2. Jaunty

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

3. Nocturnal

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

4. Voracious

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

5. Silhouette

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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

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