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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 

MANDATORY

DEFINITION:
Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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. Solstice

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

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

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.

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


2. Flourish

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

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.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

A schedule of prices or fees.


3. Enthusiastic

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

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


4. Lichen

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

Being without or almost without hope

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


5. Random

Being without or almost without hope

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.


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