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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 

DISTINCTION

DEFINITION:
A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. Tranquility

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

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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


2. Deign

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

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

To condescend to give or grant

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


3. Vacillate

To cringe in fear

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

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


4. Exponent

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


5. Yacht

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

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

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline


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