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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 


Overgrown or filled with mold; mildewed; musty; fusty; decaying; stale.

He did not specify the problems he saw, but other school officials said moldy classrooms, dirty walls and poorly functioning doors and windows were key concerns on the campus.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/24/2019

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. Embargo

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

The arrangement of events in time

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

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

2. Omnivore

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

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

3. Cower

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

To cringe in fear

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

4. Renegade

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

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

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

5. Alliteration

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

To proclaim publicly

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

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

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