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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 

DIRE

DEFINITION:
Causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As insulin prices have soared, some people have been forced to pursue alternatives such as seeking options from other countries, lower-quality products or rationing their supply of insulin, which can have dire consequences.
The Chicago Tribune, 01/27/2020

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. Quarantine

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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


2. Suffrage

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


3. Protagonist

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.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.


4. Eclectic

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

To condescend to give or grant

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

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


5. Guerrilla

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion


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