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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

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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. Sect

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

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

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

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


2. Despondent

Being without or almost without hope

To stress or emphasize; intensify

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.


3. Aspire

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

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

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal


4. Toxin

An embankment built to prevent flooding

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.


5. Camouflage

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

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.


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