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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. Tsunami

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

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

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

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


2. Zoology

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

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


3. Inference

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

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


4. Embargo

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

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


5. Heritage

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.


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