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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 


To swallow up in or as in a gulf; overwhelm.

A man was killed after his speeding Tesla crashed and became engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, police say.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/20/2020

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. Virtuoso

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

2. Levee

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

3. Yacht

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

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

4. Introspection

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

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.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


5. Guerrilla

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

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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