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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

UNITY

DEFINITION:
A condition of harmony; the quality or state of being made one

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/25/2021

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. Vaccine

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

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


2. Omnivore

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

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

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

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.


3. Despondent

Being without or almost without hope

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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.

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


4. Toxin

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Self-examination.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.


5. Silhouette

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

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

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

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


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