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This Week's Word In The News 


The right to use and/or enter onto the real property of another without possessing it.

As Austin Energy continues to repair lines, crews will be knocking on some residents’ doors to access energy equipment in a backyard or in a utility easement on a resident’s property.
The Austin American-Statesman, 02/06/2023

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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. Random

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

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

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

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

2. Deduction

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

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

3. Eclectic

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

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

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

4. Camouflage

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

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

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

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

5. Levee

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

An embankment built to prevent flooding

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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.