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Words in the News

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 

MANDATORY

DEFINITION:
Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Back in Sonoma, resident Paul Giles had evacuated Tuesday, but after hearing reports about Saturday morning’s fires, he returned to check on his house, located in a mandatory evacuation zone a few miles east of downtown.
The San Jose Mercury News, 10/16/2017

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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. Guerrilla

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

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

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

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


2. Exponent

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

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.


3. Tranquility

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

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

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


4. Ultraviolet

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

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.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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


5. Delegate

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


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