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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. Bizarre

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To condescend to give or grant

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

2. Vacillate

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

Being without or almost without hope

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

3. Chronology

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

The arrangement of events in time

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

4. Silhouette

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

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


One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

5. Spectrum


One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

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

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