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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 

MOCK

DEFINITION:
Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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. Quandary

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To proclaim publicly


2. Embargo

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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


3. Tsunami

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness


4. Ellipse

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

Self-examination.


5. Symbiosis

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.


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