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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 

ESSENTIAL

DEFINITION:
Necessary. Very important; of high importance.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
What exactly is an “essential” store that can stay open over the next two weeks during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03/30/2020

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. Undulate

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

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

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

To condescend to give or grant


2. Solstice

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.

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


3. Silhouette

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

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

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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


4. Hologram

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

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline


5. Boycott

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


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