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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. Enthusiastic

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.


2. Quota

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

A proportional part or share.


3. Typhoon

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

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

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


4. Omnivore

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

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


5. Hieroglyphic

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


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