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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 


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

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. Inference

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.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

2. Fallacy

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

3. Nebula

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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

4. Kilometer

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

5. Parasite

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

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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