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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. Tumult

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

Self-examination.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


2. Recede

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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


3. Formidable

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

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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


4. Salmonella

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

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


5. Marsupial

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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


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