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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 


Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

One Twitter user said, ‘‘After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this’’ and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a ‘‘Border Wall.’’
The Boston Globe, 02/20/2017

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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. Quarantine

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

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

2. Plateau

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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

3. Embargo

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

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

4. Tariff

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

A schedule of prices or fees.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

5. Stereotype

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

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