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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 

MOCK

DEFINITION:
Pretended; sham; counterfeit.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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

Words in the News Quiz
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. Exponent

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


2. Quandary

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

To condescend to give or grant


3. Undulate

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

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

To stress or emphasize; intensify


4. Symbiosis

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

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


5. Hieroglyphic

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

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

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

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.


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