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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 

RESERVOIR

DEFINITION:
A natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.
The Denver Post, 08/20/2018

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

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Being without or almost without hope

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

To condescend to give or grant


2. Immune

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

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


3. Phloem

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

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

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

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


4. Gargoyle

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

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

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.


5. Outrageous

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness

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

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


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