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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 

TENURE

DEFINITION:
A status granted after a trial period to a teacher or professor that gives protection from summary dismissal.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Lupita Montoya, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University, was denied both tenure and a chance to re-review her application after working in the college’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering since 2010.
The Boulder Daily Camera, 02/17/2020

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. Sect

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

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

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


2. Jovial

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


3. Spectrum

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

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

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


4. Exult

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative


5. Participle

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

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


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