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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 

GRUESOME

DEFINITION:
Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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. Exponent

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

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.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.


2. Undulate

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative


3. Boisterous

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

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline


4. Chronology

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

The arrangement of events in time


5. Ellipse

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

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

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


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