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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. Guerrilla

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.


2. Vertebrate

Having a backbone or spinal column.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.


3. Levee

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

An embankment built to prevent flooding


4. Dialogue

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

The arrangement of events in time

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

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


5. Xylem

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

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

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


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