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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 


Tending or threatening to lay to waste or overwhelm.

The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla.
The Dayton Daily News, 07/16/2018

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. Dialogue

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

2. Mutation

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

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

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.

3. Nebula

Having a backbone or spinal column.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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

4. Boisterous

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

5. Plateau

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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