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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 

CONTINUUM

DEFINITION:
Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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. Vacillate

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

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


2. Maneuver

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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


3. Deign

To cringe in fear

An embankment built to prevent flooding

To condescend to give or grant

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


4. Quarantine

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

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

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant


5. Pulverize

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

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

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

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


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