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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 

MALFUNCTION

DEFINITION:
A failure to function or defective functioning.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
With most planned fixes left undone, AC malfunctions increased this year in many of the district's 165 traditional schools and other facilities, The Post found.
The Palm Beach Post, 10/15/2018

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. Strategy

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

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

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


2. Guru

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


3. Vacillate

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

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

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

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


4. Alliteration

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

The arrangement of events in time

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.


5. Labyrinth

The arrangement of events in time

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.


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