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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 

AGITATE

DEFINITION:
To upset; disturb. To stir up public interest in a cause.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He also attends California State University, Stanislaus, in nearby Turlock, where students say he’s agitated on racial issues.
The San Jose Mercury News, 08/21/2017

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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. Hieroglyphic

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

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

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

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.


2. Inference

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A schedule of prices or fees.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative


3. Toxin

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

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.


4. Fallacy

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A rebirth or revival.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.


5. Zoology

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy

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


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