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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 


A picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.

More than 600 “sister marches” were planned around the world, and plenty of men were part of the tableau, too.
The Detroit News, 01/23/2017

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. Plateau

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

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

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

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

2. Eclectic

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

Being without or almost without hope

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

3. Mosaic

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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.

4. Mutation

To proclaim publicly

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

5. Boycott

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

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