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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 

ANTHROPOMORPHIC

DEFINITION:
Ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Where critics adored the anthropomorphic singing cartoons of the original, they felt the nature documentary look drove a wedge between viewers and the beloved characters.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 07/15/2019

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. Flourish

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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


2. Sect

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark


3. Typhoon

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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

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


4. Bizarre

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

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

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

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


5. Marsupial

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

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

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


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