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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 

AMPLIFY

DEFINITION:
To make larger or more powerful; increase. To exaggerate.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
TALLAHASSEE Some school choice advocates in South Florida are going so far as to offer incentives to parents in order to amplify the perception of public support for a controversial K-12 public schools bill that many are clamoring for Gov. Rick Scott to veto.
The Miami Herald, 05/22/2017

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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. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline


2. Gargoyle

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night


3. Undulate

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


4. Eclectic

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

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

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

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


5. Delegate

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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


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