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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 


Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

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. Toxin

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

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

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

2. Maneuver

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

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

A rebirth or revival.

3. Symbiosis

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The arrangement of events in time

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

4. Impertinent

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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

5. Pulverize

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

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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