Words in the News

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 

GRAPPLE

DEFINITION:
To try to overcome or engage in a struggle.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It’s been nearly one month since the catastrophic Coyote Creek flooding, but the repairs have just begun for most residents, who are left to grapple with mounting repair bills, unstable housing situations, severe health risks and an overwhelming resentment toward city and Santa Clara Valley Water District officials they felt could’ve done more.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/20/2017

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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. Labyrinth

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

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

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


2. Jovial

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A proportional part or share.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,


3. Mosaic

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

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

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


4. Pulverize

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

To cringe in fear

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


5. Plateau

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.


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