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Words in the News

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 

RATIFICATION

DEFINITION:
The official way to confirm something, usually by vote.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The deal has been up for a ratification vote by the district’s educators all week, with the results scheduled to be announced Monday.
The Denver Post, 02/24/2019

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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. Tempo

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


2. Spectrum

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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

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

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.


3. Bizarre

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

The arrangement of events in time

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.


4. Gargoyle

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


5. Aspire

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

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


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