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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 


A capsule is a structure that contains something else, such as medicine. A space capsule is a spacecraft that uses a blunt-body vehicle to reenter the Earth's atmosphere without wings.

It’s taken six years to forge SpaceX and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and on Sunday at 2:48 p.m., a capsule containing astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola.
The Chicago Tribune, 08/03/2020

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. Suffrage

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

2. Quarantine

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

3. Protagonist

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

4. Stereotype

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

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

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

5. Ozone

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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