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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 

SPECULATE

DEFINITION:
To indulge in conjectural thought.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Asked Sunday morning whether wind speeds could have contributed to the crash, Bradley said he would “not begin to speculate.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2018

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5 Middle School Words

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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. Tranquility

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

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


2. Tempo

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


3. Typhoon

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

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


4. Phloem

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

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

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To cringe in fear


5. Eclectic

To cringe in fear

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

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


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