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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 


An Arabic word meaning striving or struggling. In Islam, it is “striving in the path of God.” It is often used to refer to a "holy war" or a vigorous campaign against perceived foes.

Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party launched an effort at damage control Sunday after a social media post echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of four Democratic congresswoman and went further, referring to them in a movie-type poster of being a “jihad squad” and contending they believe any criticism is racist.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/22/2019

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. Ozone

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

2. Virtuoso

To proclaim publicly

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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

3. Repose

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


4. Delegate

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

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

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

5. Exult

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

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