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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 

DIMINISHMENT

DEFINITION:
The act or process of decreasing: a reduction or curtailment

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Denver epitomizes this diminishment of nature in the city, a trend worldwide with 55 percent of humanity living in urban areas and a projected 2.5 billion more people on the way by 2050.
The Denver Post, 01/14/2019

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. Typhoon

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

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

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

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.


2. Quota

A proportional part or share.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

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.


3. Jovial

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

To proclaim publicly

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

Having a backbone or spinal column.


4. Guerrilla

Having a backbone or spinal column.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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 quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


5. Sect

The arrangement of events in time

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

Being without or almost without hope


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