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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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Nebula

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

To proclaim publicly


2. Parasite

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

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

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

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


3. Strategy

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

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.


4. Cower

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

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

To cringe in fear

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


5. Deign

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

To condescend to give or grant

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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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