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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. Sacrifice

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

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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

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


2. Accentuate

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


3. Marsupial

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

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

To cringe in fear


4. Aspire

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

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

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


5. Sect

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

A rebirth or revival.

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


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