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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. Ultraviolet

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

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.


2. Protagonist

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

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.


3. Vertebrate

Having a backbone or spinal column.

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

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.


4. Pulverize

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

The arrangement of events in time

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

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.


5. Outrageous

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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


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