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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 


Overgrown or filled with mold; mildewed; musty; fusty; decaying; stale.

He did not specify the problems he saw, but other school officials said moldy classrooms, dirty walls and poorly functioning doors and windows were key concerns on the campus.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/24/2019

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. Tundra

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A rebirth or revival.

2. Hieroglyphic

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

3. Formidable

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

4. Ellipse

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

5. Suffrage

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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