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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 

SICKOUT

DEFINITION:
A joint action by a group of employees claiming illness and not reporting for work in order to force the granting of certain demands; specif., such an action by a group forbidden by law to strike.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Detroit Public Schools will not be on the hook to pay more than $300,000 in legal fees to sue two teachers for what the district claims was their roles in instigating massive teacher sickouts earlier in the year.
The Detroit News, 07/25/2016

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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. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

A rebirth or revival.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.


2. Xylem

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.


3. Alliteration

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

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables


4. Despondent

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

Being without or almost without hope


5. Dialogue

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


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