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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 

PALSY

DEFINITION:
Paralysis, generally partial, whereby a local body area is incapable of voluntary movement.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In his third season doing TV play-by-play for the White Sox, Jason Benetti has become a familiar figure to the baseball community, as have his cerebral palsy and the distinct limp that goes with it.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/21/2018

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. Gargoyle

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


2. Sacrifice

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

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

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


3. Salmonella

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

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

Self-examination.


4. Plateau

Self-examination.

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

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

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal


5. Symbiosis

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The arrangement of events in time


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