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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 


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

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. Phloem

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

To proclaim publicly

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

2. Parasite

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

A rebirth or revival.

3. Xylem

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

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

4. Embargo

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

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

5. Levee

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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

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