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 

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

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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. Deduction

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

To stress or emphasize; intensify

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.


2. Deign

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

To condescend to give or grant


3. Tundra

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

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

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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


4. Protagonist

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

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

A proportional part or share.

The main character in a drama or other literary work.


5. Boisterous

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


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