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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 


Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

Forecasters were calling for a dreary Sunday with dense fog in northern parts of the state through noon and a mixture of rain and snow turning to mostly snow by the afternoon, with as much as an inch of accumulation possible.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/02/2019

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. Unanimous

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

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

2. Inference

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

3. Zoology

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

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

4. Bamboozle

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

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

To cringe in fear

5. Eclectic

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A proportional part or share.

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