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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 

DISTINCTION

DEFINITION:
A difference or contrast between similar things or people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Here’s one more dubious distinction for San Jose and San Francisco: The two metro areas are the runaway national leaders in the amount of household income needed to buy a house.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/27/2017

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. Sect

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

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

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

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion


2. Unanimous

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

To condescend to give or grant


3. Marsupial

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

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

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

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


4. Repose

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

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


5. Mutation

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

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

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.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace


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