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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 


Extremely dry because of hot weather or drought.

Patches of parched landscape have caused once-green golf courses to close and limited golf cart use, the Greeley Tribune reported.
The Denver Post, 02/18/2019

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. Spectrum

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

2. Outrageous

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

3. Fallacy

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

4. Ozone

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

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

5. Flourish

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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