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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 

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

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. Stereotype

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

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

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.


2. Impertinent

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


3. Phloem

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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.

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


4. Xylem

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


5. Divulge

To proclaim publicly

Self-examination.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


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