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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 


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

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

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. Virtuoso

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

The arrangement of events in time

2. Flourish

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

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

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

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

3. Xylem

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

4. Strategy

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

Being without or almost without hope

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

5. Commemorate

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

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

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