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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 

DREARY

DEFINITION:
Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Forecasters were calling for a dreary Sunday with dense fog in northern parts of the state through noon and a mixture of rain and snow turning to mostly snow by the afternoon, with as much as an inch of accumulation possible.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/02/2019

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. Nebula

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness


2. Yacht

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

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

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


3. Quarantine

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

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

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


4. Exult

A schedule of prices or fees.

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

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


5. Impertinent

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm


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