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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

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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. Participle

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

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

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

A schedule of prices or fees.


2. Guru

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

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

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.


3. Stereotype

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

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


4. Wretched

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

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


5. Quarantine

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

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


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