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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.
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5 Middle School Words

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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. To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

Technique

Embargo

Undulate

Laconic


2. To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Light-Year

Random

Commemorate

Malignant


3. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Stereotype

Aspire

Renegade

Metaphor


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

Metaphor

Hieroglyphic

Tumult

Quarantine


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

Alliteration

Vacillate

Bamboozle

Phloem


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This Week's Word In The News 

CONSORTIUM

DEFINITION:
A group of people, companies or organizations that agree to work together for a common purpose.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado State Board of Education has joined a movement advocating the state pull out of a multi-state testing consortium called — pardon the clumsy title — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
The Denver Post , 04/14/2014