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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 

TENET

DEFINITION:
A principle or belief honored by a person or, more often, a group of people.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Bloomberg’s plan focuses on five basic tenets: requiring more effective background checks, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, banning assault weapons, spending more on enforcement of gun laws and violence intervention programs, and repealing the 2005 law that granted broad legal immunity to gun manufacturers whose products are used in a shooting.
The Denver Post, 12/09/2019

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. Xylem

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

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.


2. Participle

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

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


3. Undulate

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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


4. Inference

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.

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


5. Recede

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

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

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


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