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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

DILAPIDATED

DEFINITION:
A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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. Metaphor

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

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

Being without or almost without hope

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


2. Deduction

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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


3. Camouflage

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

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.


4. Salmonella

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


5. Xylem

A proportional part or share.

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

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.


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