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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 status granted after a trial period to a teacher or professor that gives protection from summary dismissal.

Lupita Montoya, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University, was denied both tenure and a chance to re-review her application after working in the college’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering since 2010.
The Boulder Daily Camera, 02/17/2020

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. Yacht

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

2. Malignant

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

3. Tempo

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To cringe in fear

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

4. Hypocrisy

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

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

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

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.

5. Ellipse

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

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