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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 

MALFUNCTION

DEFINITION:
A failure to function or defective functioning.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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. Voracious

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


2. Vacillate

To stress or emphasize; intensify

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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


3. Cower

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

To cringe in fear

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night


4. Levee

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

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

An embankment built to prevent flooding


5. Participle

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


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