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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 

LOCKDOWN

DEFINITION:
A security measure taken during an emergency to prevent people from leaving or entering a building.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The lockdown alarm had sounded just before the end of the day and there had been no announcement that there would be a drill.
The Denver Post, 04/22/2019

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. Bandolier

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


2. Virtuoso

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


3. Protagonist

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


4. Toxin

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

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


5. Participle

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings


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