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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 

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

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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. Polygon

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


2. Boycott

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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


3. Divulge

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

To proclaim publicly

Being without or almost without hope

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


4. Metaphor

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

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


5. Typhoon

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

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

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.


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