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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 

DREARY

DEFINITION:
Causing unhappiness or gloom: not warm or cheerful.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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. Malignant

A rebirth or revival.

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


2. Labyrinth

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


3. Inference

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


4. Sacrifice

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


5. Maneuver

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


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