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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. Strategy

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

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

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

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.


2. Silhouette

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

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

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

A diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas or both, visible as luminous patches or areas of darkness


3. Alliteration

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


4. Guru

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 teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.


5. Unanimous

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

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

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

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.


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