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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 


To indulge in conjectural thought.

Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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. Technique

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

2. Silhouette

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

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

To proclaim publicly

3. Tsunami

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

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


4. Enthusiastic

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

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

5. Despondent

Being without or almost without hope

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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