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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 

RATIFICATION

DEFINITION:
The official way to confirm something, usually by vote.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The deal has been up for a ratification vote by the district’s educators all week, with the results scheduled to be announced Monday.
The Denver Post, 02/24/2019

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. Formidable

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles


2. Inference

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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


3. Solstice

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

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

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

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


4. Tariff

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

A schedule of prices or fees.

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

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


5. Strategy

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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


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