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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. Solstice

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

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.


2. Renegade

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

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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


3. Outrageous

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

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

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


4. Omnivore

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

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

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

The arrangement of events in time


5. Gargoyle

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


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