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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 

RESERVOIR

DEFINITION:
A natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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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. Renegade

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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


2. Guru

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


3. Hypocrisy

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


4. Vacillate

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

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.


5. Bizarre

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


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