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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 

PLANTATION

DEFINITION:
A usually large farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country, on which cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Frederick D. Haynes III, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, held a news conference outside of the Dallas police headquarters last month to accuse Jones of "plantation politics."
The Dallas Morning News, 11/20/2017

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. Fallacy

To condescend to give or grant

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief


2. Tsunami

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

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


3. Mosaic

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.


4. Zoology

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

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


5. Introspection

Self-examination.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

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


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