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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 

PALSY

DEFINITION:
Paralysis, generally partial, whereby a local body area is incapable of voluntary movement.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In his third season doing TV play-by-play for the White Sox, Jason Benetti has become a familiar figure to the baseball community, as have his cerebral palsy and the distinct limp that goes with it.
The Chicago Tribune, 05/21/2018

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. Plateau

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


2. Cower

To cringe in fear

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.


3. Participle

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

To stress or emphasize; intensify

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.

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


4. Light-Year

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Self-examination.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark


5. Decorum

A proportional part or share.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.


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