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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 

GRAPPLE

DEFINITION:
To try to overcome or engage in a struggle.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It’s been nearly one month since the catastrophic Coyote Creek flooding, but the repairs have just begun for most residents, who are left to grapple with mounting repair bills, unstable housing situations, severe health risks and an overwhelming resentment toward city and Santa Clara Valley Water District officials they felt could’ve done more.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/20/2017

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. Antibody

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


2. Aspire

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.


3. Quandary

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.


4. Wretched

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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


5. Lichen

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

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.


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