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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 

MANDATORY

DEFINITION:
Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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. Unanimous

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

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

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


2. Renaissance

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

A rebirth or revival.


3. Mutation

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The arrangement of events in time


4. Hieroglyphic

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.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.


5. Cower

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

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

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

To cringe in fear


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