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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 


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

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. Strategy

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

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

2. Metaphor

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

3. Quarantine

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

A schedule of prices or fees.

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

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

4. Divulge

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

To proclaim publicly

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

5. Zoology

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

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

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

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