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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 security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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. Silhouette

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

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

2. Quandary

To condescend to give or grant

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

3. Omnivore

A schedule of prices or fees.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

4. Jaunty

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

5. Random

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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

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

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