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Words in the News

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

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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. Bizarre

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


2. Introspection

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

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

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

Self-examination.


3. Heritage

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

To condescend to give or grant

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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


4. Ultraviolet

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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

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


5. Alliteration

To cringe in fear

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.


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