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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 


Made or done without previous preparation;suddenly or hastily prepared;improvised.

The order even allows liquor stores and recreational cannabis dispensaries to remain open for business should the second week of impromptu homeschooling create an essential need.
The Chicago Tribune, 03/23/2020

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. Mosaic

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

2. Parasite

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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

3. Typhoon

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

4. Bandolier

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

5. Jaunty

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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