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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 


Authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory.

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

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. Tempo

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

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

2. Chronology

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

The arrangement of events in time

3. Participle

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

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

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

4. Nocturnal

A proportional part or share.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

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

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

5. Renegade

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

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

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